Speaker: John Bell (Western)
Title: Oppositions and Paradoxes in Mathematics and philosophy
Time: 17:00 PM, Tuesday, October 27, 2009; Room: MC 108
From antiquity mathematics and philosophy has been beset by a number of oppositions, such as the Continuous and the Discrete, the One and the Many, the Finite and the Infinite, the Whole and the Part, and the Constant and the Variable. These oppositions have on occasion crystallized into paradox and they continue to haunt fundamental thinking to this day. In my talk I'll analyze some of these and describe their impact on the development of mathematics and philosophy.