Seeing Through the Mind's Eye: Visualizing Mathematics

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“Seeing through the mind’s eye: visualizing mathematics” (James Robert Brown)

Scientists make progress through their observations and experiments. But what happens when their theories concern things that can’t be seen or touched – like numbers and abstract concepts? Jim Brown, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, will show how he meets this challenge. Professor Brown is the author of several books on the philosophy of maths and science, including Smoke and Mirrors: How Science Reflects Reality and The Laboratory of the Mind: Thought Experiments in the Natural Sciences.

This event is part of the University of Liverpool’s Thinking about Mathematics and Science series of public lectures, and his held in conjunction with the University’s Philosophy in the City festival (October 9th-24th, 2010). For further details on festival events happening at venues throughout the city during these dates, see:http://philosophyinthecity.info/festival

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