Thales + Friends

Conference Program

TUESDAY, 12 JULY 2005

9:00 am: Introductory Remarks by Amir Alexander
9:15 am: Greeting by Theodore Tollis of Thales and Friends

Session 1a: The Mathematician’s Story
9:20 am to 1:00 pm, moderator Mark Turner

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Pierre Cartier
Vitae Mathematicae: The Role of Autobiographies from Mathematicians

Doron Zeilberger
Sipur and Mispar in Ibn Ezra’s Sefer HaMispar

Martin Davis
Mathematics and Biography

Theodore M. Porter
Karl Pearson’s Statistical Lives

DISCUSSION

Session 1b: Mathematical Dramas
5:00 pm to 8:15 pm, moderator Barry Mazur

Denis Guedj
The Drama of Mathematics

Barbara Oliver
Mathematics and Narrative – a Happening

DISCUSSION

Alecos Papadatos
Logicomix: A Graphic Novel of Logic and Mathematics

DISCUSSION

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WEDNESDAY, 13 JULY 2005

Session 2a: Mathematics as Story
9:00 am to 1:00 pm, moderator John Allen Paulos

Christos Papadimitriou
On Narrative and Computer Programming

Karine Chemla
Mathematical Problems as Narratives: Perspectives from Ancient China

Persi Diaconis
Mathematical Stories and Stories for Mathematics

DISCUSSION

Apostolos Doxiadis
The story of the proof is the proof: early stations in a paramathematical odyssey

Gregory Chaitin
Narratives versus formal axiomatic theories: What is mathematics?

DISCUSSION

Session 2b: Telling Mathematical Stories
5:00 pm to 8:05 pm, moderator M. Norton Wise

Robin J. Wilson
Writing Popular Mathematics Books: How and Why?

Hans Magnus Enzensberger
How our Schools succeed in Blotting out Children’s Natural Gift for Mathematics

Timothy Gowers
Describing mathematical proofs without losing the plot

DISCUSSION

Marcus du Sautoy
The Music of the Primes

DISCUSSION

THURSDAY, 14 JULY 2005

Session 3a: Changing Stories, Changing Mathematics
9:00 am to 1:10 pm, moderator Ted Porter

Brian Rotman
Gesture in the Head

Amir Alexander
From Heroes to Martyrs: Changing Stories and Changing Practices in Modern Mathematics

DISCUSSION
COFFEE BREAK (15 minutes)

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Mary Terrall
Mathematics in Narrative: 18th Century Scientific Expeditions

John Allen Paulos
Stories and Statistics, Numbers and Narratives

Joan L. Richards
Historical narrative and Enlightened Mathematics

DISCUSSION

Session 3b: Making Mathematical Stories
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, moderator Joan L. Richards

Rebecca Goldstein
Mathematicians as Characters

DISCUSSION
COFFEE BREAK (15 minutes)

John D. Barrow
Infinities and Beyond

DISCUSSION

FRIDAY, 15 JULY 2005

Session 4a: Stories in Mathematical Creativity
9:00 am to 1:10 pm, moderator Christos Papadimitriou

Leo Corry
Calculating the Limits of Poetic License: Fictional Narrative and the History of Mathematics

Martin Krieger
The Work of Mathematical Research

Barry Mazur
Eureka and Other Stories

DISCUSSION

Mark Turner
The Role of Narrative Imagining in Blended Mathematical Concepts

David Corfield
The Role of Narrative in Mathematical Inquiry

M. Norton Wise
How Fourier Analysis Became Rigorous, or How Functions became Curves: A Dirichlet Narrative

DISCUSSION

Session 4b: Conclusion
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, moderator Robert Osserman

Robert Osserman
The Right Spin: Spinning Mathematics by Spinning a Yarn

Apostolos Doxiadis
Summary

Open Discussion

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