The peculiar traits of human mathematics


Venue   Cambridge University Philosophy of Mathematics Seminar, 27/1/06

Abstract   I will try to uncover some of the special features of mathematics as done by human beings (as opposed to, say, extraterrestrials or computers). Our visual sense is particularly influential. I will look closely at higher-dimensional algebra, a subject in which the role played by diagrams provokes interesting questions.

Slides   In this pdf file (930K).

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