The Foundations of Mathematics and the contributions of Harvey Friedman

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Tuesday May 17 - 7 pm-8pm CET

  • On campus: Campus Sterre, Krijgslaan 281, building S2, 9000 Gent, 3rd floor, faculty board room.
    Campus Sterre can be reached easily by public transport. Should you choose to come by car you can enter and exit the campus freely. The barriers will open automatically.
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Prof. dr. Andreas Weiermann - Dept. of Mathematics: Analysis, Logic and Discrete Mathematics

What is a number? What is a function? What is a set? What is a definition? What is an axiom? What is a proof? What are appropriate axioms for numbers? What are appropriate axioms for foundations? What can be proven and what cannot?

Questions like these are investigated in the foundations of mathematics. In this talk we will provide a glimpse of some basic directions in the foundations of mathematics like logicism, formalism, intuitionism and predicativism.

Next we turn to some some modern developments in the foundations of mathematics. Particular emphasis will be given to the achievements of the 2013 UGent institutional honorary doctor Harvey M. Friedman.

This informal talk is addressed in particular to non mathematicians.

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