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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Workshop on Beauty and Explanation in Mathematics, 10-12 Mar 2014, Umea, SWEDEN

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together philosophers, mathematicians, and mathematics 
educators to study a question which is both relevant and timely for all three groups, namely 
whether mathematical beauty and mathematical explanation are related. Our approach is largely 
empirical- we will develop a set of examples that will help us make necessary distinctions and 
connections. The central questions of the workshop fall into three classes. One class concerns 
relations between beauty and visualization in mathematics; the other class concerns relations 
between explanation and visualization in mathematics. The third, perhaps most intriguing, class 
deals with the question whether visualization is an essential link between explanation and beauty 
and mathematics, that is: When some mathematics is both beautiful and explanatory, does the 
conjunction depend on the presence of a visual element? In addition to the scientific aims of 
the workshop, an important goal is to reach across normally rigid disciplinary domains to work 
on an area of common interest.  We have invited top people from respective fields, some of whom 
know each other, but others (even within the same field) have never read each other s work.

Confirmed speakers:

  *   Marcus Giaquinto, UCLondon
  *   Gila Hanna, University of Toronto
  *   Juliette Kennedy, University of Helsinki
  *   Marc Lange, UNC Chapel Hill
  *   Nathalie Sinclair, Simon Frasier University
  *   Mark Steiner, Hebrew University

Open Call for Contributions.  Deadline December 1, 2013.

If you are interested to contribute a paper to the workshop please submit 
an abstract, no more than 2 pages, describing with some detail what you 
would like to present. Limited funding is available. Please indicate if 
you would like to present a short (20 minute) or long (40 minute) 
presentation.  Mail your submissions to Manya and Lars-Daniel (both), 
emails given below.

Registration will open in early January, and be limited to approximately 
30 participants.


  *   Manya Raman Sundstrm, manya.sundstrom(at)
  *   Lars-Daniel hman, lars-daniel.ohman(at)

Additional information...

  *   About Ume, Cultural Capital of Europe
  *   About Stockholm, Tourist Information
Generously supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ).  
Co-hosted by Department of Science and Mathematics Education, 
and the Mathematics Department at Ume University.