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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special issue on "Mathematical practice and cognition"


Special issue of Topics in Cognitive Science (TopiCS)

We are pleased to announce that a special issue of Topics in Cognitive Science (TopiCS) will be devoted to the theme of mathematical pratice and cognition.

Call for Papers:

Researchers in mathematical practice and cognition are forming increasingly well-established communities with independent approaches and methodologies. The aim of this topiCS issue is to establish and strengthen connections between these and other areas of research, and, where relevant, to relate work carried out in such arenas to the cognitive science mainstream. Thus, this interdisciplinary issue aims to present commonalities and interactions between researchers who investigate how people do mathematics.

Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Mathematical cognition (mechanisms in the mind for mathematical
   thinking, as studied by cognitive scientists, psychologists and
   linguists. Examples include embodied cognition, mathematics and
   language, metaphors and conceptual blends used in mathematics);

- Perspectives on mathematical practice (observable behaviours, as
   analysed by historians and philosophers of mathematics and
   mathematicians themselves. Examples include ways in which
   mathematical definitions or axioms evolve, the role of analogy in
   mathematics, and heuristics for mathematical discovery);

- Social aspects of mathematics (interactions between mathematicians,
   or between teachers/students of mathematics, as studied by
   sociologists of mathematics, philosophers of informal mathematics
   and mathematics educators. Examples include the concept of a
   mathematical community, social constructivism as a philosophy of
   mathematics, and constructivism in mathematics education);

- AI approaches to mathematical thinking (computational
   representations of some of the above mechanisms, techniques and
   interactions, produced by AI researchers and cognitive
   scientists. Examples include computational models of cognitive or
   philosophical theories of mathematical thinking, and developmental

Key dates:

Submission: Wednesday: 20th April
Author's Notification: Tuesday: 24th May Deadline for final camera-ready copies: Friday 24th June


Please see http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/apease/aisb10/journal.html
for details. Note that this page is under construction and will change.