Case Studies in Mathematical Practice

The primary goal of this workshop is to shed light on mathematical thought and understanding by developing a rich collection of case studies drawn from the historical and current practice of mathematicians. A secondary goal is to examine the methodology of case studies with an eye towards determining which questions in the philosophy of mathematics are amenable to solution by case study methods, and which questions are not. One recurring theme of the workshop concerns the ways in which the development of new conceptual and representational resources can contribute to an increase in the intelligibility of a mathematical domain.
Workshop Leader: Kenneth Manders, University of Pittsburgh
Location: Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France
Dates: June 29, 2015 – July 4, 2015

Confirmed Participants:

  • Andrew Arana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Karine Chemla, Université Paris Diderot
  • Jessica Carter, University of Southern Denmark
  • Jeremy Heis, University of California, Irvine
  • Douglas Marshall, Carleton College
  • Marco Panza, Université Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne

For information on funding available for graduate students and recent PhDs to attend the workshop, as well as further scheduling and logistical information, please visit the workshop website at csmpparis.org.
While this event is open to the public, all who attend the workshop must register for the
workshop by sending an e-mail to csmpparis “at” gmail.com. We ask that everyone who
plans to attend register by no later than Friday, June 19, 2015.


Call for Nominations

In preparation for the PMA’s first general election, PMA members are asked to nominate candidates to stand for election for the following positions:
President  (current occupant: Mic Detlefsen)
Vice President (current occupant: Colin McLarty)
Treasurer (current occupant: Elaine Landry)
Five additional Board members (two for 3-year terms; two for 2-year terms; one for a 1-year term).
(Current Board members are: Patricia Blanchette, Dan Isaacson, Sol Feferman, Jessica Carter, Mathieu Marion, Erich Reck, Greg Restall.)
Only members of the PMA should be nominated.
Please send nominations to Patricia Blanchette (blanchette.1@nd.edu) by October 15.
Thanks very much.
– Patricia Blanchette for the Nominating Committee
(Nominating Committee: Patricia Blanchette, Colin McLarty, Dirk Schlimm, Elaine Landry, Stewart Shapiro, Richard Zach, Robert Thomas)

Grigori Mints (1939-2014)

The PMA has received word of the death of Grigori (Grisha) Mints on May 29th. Lanier Anderson has posted a memorial tribute to the Stanford Philosophy Website.


CfP: Modern Logic 1850-1950, East and West

Submissions are open  for a special volume in Springer’s series Studies in Universal Logic, on the topic:

Modern Logic 1850-1950, East and West.

This volume honors Irving Anellis (1946-2013), founder of the journal Modern Logic (subsequently The Review of Modern Logic) whose more than 140 articles, books, and edited works span the entire history of modern logic.

Topics for the special issue include but are not limited to:

  1.  Mathematical logic: proof theory and meta-mathematics, applications of logic to mathematical structures.
  2. Work of Bertrand Russell in set theory and logic, and of Charles Sanders Peirce in algebra and algebraic logic.
  3. History of proof theory, especially in respect to the Loewenheim-Skolem Theorem and Herbrand’s fundamental theorem; logic trees; natural deduction.
  4. History of logic and mathematics in the Soviet Union and Russia.

Extended versions of work previously published in conference proceedings can be submitted but authors should make it clear how their submission improves upon the conference publication.

Papers should be submitted by email as a .pdf attachment to both guest editors:

Francine F. Abeles: fabeles@kean.edu
Mark E. Fuller: mark.fuller@uwc.edu

The deadline for submission is: 31 May 2014.


List of future events

This page allows blog-like posts of news and events of the PMA. This is the first post.