Submitted by Richard Zach on Sun, 03/26/2006 - 12:54pm
The 2006 RZ World tour just started at the "Truth and Proof" conference in Edinburgh. Thanks Jeff Ketland and Jean-Louis Hudry for putting this on and inviting me! So far we had some excellent talks by John Dawson on the history of the notion of truth and use of semantic methods in logic; by Hannes Leitgeb on his work on modal predicates; and by Phil Welch on games describing supervaluation fixpoints and Hannes' dependency stuff.
Submitted by Richard Zach on Fri, 03/17/2006 - 6:11pm
Long time no blog. Sorry, been busy planning my 2006 world tour. Dates will be announced shortly.
Submitted by Richard Zach on Wed, 02/15/2006 - 9:21pm
I linked to it before, but now the deadline is nigh:
Call for Participation
Young Scholars' Competition
The Kurt Gödel Centenary: Horizons of Truth organizers and sponsors invite young scholars in logic, mathematics, physics, philosophy, computer science and theology to submit project proposals for the young scholars' competition honoring Kurt Gödels hundredth birthday.
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Submitted by Richard Zach on Wed, 02/01/2006 - 3:29am
This looks like a superb opportunity for undergrads and beginning graduate students:
In 2006, the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University will launch a three-week summer school in logic and formal epistemology for promising undergraduates in philosophy, mathematics, computer science, linguistics, and other sciences. The goals are to
Submitted by Richard Zach on Wed, 01/18/2006 - 6:04pm
Ok, two logic-related posts already today, so I guess I can afford to post something else as well. Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, as is pointed out in every other review, wasn't filmed in Wyoming but right around where I am. Brokeback Mountain itself is played in the move by the Three Sisters Range which can be seen from the Trans-Canada Highway at Canmore, about an hour's drive west of Calgary.
Submitted by Richard Zach on Wed, 01/18/2006 - 5:56pm
Received from Arnold Beckmann:
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES TO ATTEND COMPUTABILITY IN EUROPE 2006
This is just to clarify the various opportunities offered throught the organisers of CiE 2006 for PhD students and researchers from the Former Soviet Union to obtain funding to attend the conference.
The deadline for all the funding schemes has been fixed for
MARCH 31, 2006
Submitted by Richard Zach on Wed, 01/18/2006 - 4:56pm
Foundational Issues in Logic: logical consequence and logical constants revisited
18-19 May 2006
Santiago de Compostela (Spain /España)
Organized by Área de Lógica y Filosofía de la Ciencia de la U.S.C.
Supported by European Society for Analytic Philosophy Sociedad de Lógica, Metodología y Filosofía de la Ciencia en España Sociedad Española de Filosofía Analítica
Submitted by Richard Zach on Sat, 01/14/2006 - 7:54pm
When LanguageLog reported on the linguistic issues arising out of the French Nabaztag craze, I thought I should be in on it. So I got one. I called it, rather unimaginatively, "duckrabbit".
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First-order Gödel logics are a family of infinite-valued logics where the sets of truth values V are closed subsets of [0, 1] containing both 0 and 1. Different such sets V in general determine different Gödel logics GV (sets of those formulas which evaluate to 1 in every interpretation into V).
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They've been around for a while, but one of the students in my Logical Positivism class made copies of them and passed them out (I suggested they start their final presentations with a joke), which reminded me: Ian Vandewalker's "Philosophical Powers" mock action figures of philosophers include four logicians:
"Ferocious" Frege (includes Morning Star® and Evening Star® accessories)
Submitted by Richard Zach on Tue, 12/06/2005 - 8:13pm
Jeremy posted this to FOM yesterday:
I'd like to announce a review I have written of two books that deal with logic and foundations in the early twentieth century: Calixto Badesa's The Birth of Model Theory and Dennis Hesseling's Gnomes in the Fog. The review, which will appear in the Mathematical Intelligencer, can be found on my web page under "Reviews."
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2005 is Einstein Year. 2006 will be Gödel Year: on April 28, 2006, Kurt Gödel would have been 100 years old. So next year will be hectic if you want to hit all the Gödel-related events:
Submitted by Richard Zach on Mon, 11/28/2005 - 4:30am
I was looking around the Internets for courses in history of logic. I thought something like it would be hard to find--kind of an obscure and specialized topic.
Submitted by Richard Zach on Sat, 11/26/2005 - 6:01pm
Gillian has already posted about it, but it can't hurt to point to it again:
2006-2007 MASTER CLASS IN MATHEMATICAL LOGIC
In the academic year 2006-2007 a year-long program of courses in Mathematical Logic is organized by MRI (Mathematical Research Institute) in The Netherlands (a cooperation of Dutch Universities).
Submitted by Richard Zach on Wed, 11/23/2005 - 5:01pm
I didn't want to just push Berkeley, so why don't y'all post your opinions about what other departments and programs would be good places for graduate study for someone interested in logic and philosophy? Anyone from Amsterdam reading this? CMU? Irvine? SFU? It would be interesting to find out about non-English speaking programs, too. Where should you go in Germany? France? Spain? South America? Post away, but remember: the emphasis is on logic (and related formal approaches) and philosophy.
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Via Theorème, (which, by the way, now includes Jacques Dubucs in the list of contributors!) a link to a logic-themed online memory game. According to Theorème, the author is one Nicolas Le Thierry d'Ennequin. Thanks, Nick!
Submitted by Richard Zach on Sun, 11/13/2005 - 12:39am
Formal Philosophy, a collection of interviews with 21 logicians and philosophers edited by Vincent Hendricks and John Symons is now available. The website contains a number of interesting excerpts.
Submitted by Richard Zach on Tue, 11/08/2005 - 3:48am
There will be a conference on (Anti-)Realisms, Logic and Metaphysics, at the University of Nancy, 28 June to 1 July 2006. The call for papers is here (deadline December 15, but they only want abstracts); for more information follow the links on the sidebar on the site. Speakers include Michael Lynch, Peter van Inwagen, Mathieu Marion, Goran Sundholm, and Heinrich Wansing.
Submitted by Richard Zach on Tue, 11/01/2005 - 5:01pm
Yes, that would be nice if the Scientific American did a special issue on logic. But it's actually a special issue of Pour la Science, the French edition of the Scientific American. Pour la Science Dossier N° 49 (October 2005) is on "Les chemins de la logique".
Submitted by Richard Zach on Mon, 10/31/2005 - 6:23am
Georg Moser and I finally got our paper done for the Studia Logica special issue on cut elimination. It's on the complexity of the epsilon elimination procedure in the first epsilon theorem.
Submitted by Richard Zach on Tue, 10/25/2005 - 4:38pm
Via the PT list, I hear about a new open-access, online journal on computational logic, entitled Logical Methods in Computer Science. It's run by Dana Scott, Gordon Plotkin, Moshe Vardi, and Jirí Adamek. In addition to regular papers, they will publish special issuse, e.g., containing selected papers from LICS. Here's the email they sent advertising it: