
 Enable students to discern how mathematics connects with broader developments in science, culture and society
 Enable students to discern how mathematicians interaction with Zeitgeist and worldview
 Enable students to assess how mathematicians address moral dilemmas and societal responsibilities


Mathematics is often framed as an introvert, abstract, unworldly research area. Yet, in our course we want to point out (a) the impact of mathematics on society and culture in recent history and (b) the extent to which key mathematicians of the 20^{th} century where actually very open to what was happening in the outside world and in culture more generally. This may explain the extent to which modern mathematics (via computational methods, big computers, algorithms, etc.) has had an impact on revolutionary developments in other fields, notably the life sciences (computational biology) and ICT.
By opting for an (auto)biographical approach, challenges, visions and dilemmas of modern mathematics are made more tangible and concrete. (Auto) biographies provide a window into the normative dilemmas and paradigm shifts in which prominent mathematicians were intensely involved. They present mathematics as a dynamic, committed and 'human' research field.
Every participant will be invited to analyze the biography of on particular key player in the recent history of mathematics. These biographies will be analyzed from a philosophical perspective, focusing on normative dilemmas, paradigm shifts and world views of the key protagonists involved. How did they address questions such as: what is science, what is truth, what is knowledge, and what is the role of science and scientists in contemporary knowledge societies?





Final assignment: individual paper 
The students will be given home texts that will be discussed in the lectures, during which one will be able to ask questions, or have discussions.Recommended: • Alexander George and Daniel J. Velleman, Philosophies of Mathematics, Blackwell Publishers, 2002. • David Bostock, Philosophy of Mathematics, an Introduction, WileyBlackwell, 2009. 
• 30 hours lecture Extra information teaching methods: • Lectures • Preparatory readings • Student presentations (group presentations) and discussions 
  Verplicht materiaalArtikelenThe students will be given home texts that will be discussed in the lectures, during which one will be able to ask questions, or have discussions. 

 Aanbevolen materiaalBoekAlexander George and Daniel J. Velleman, Philosophies of Mathematics, Blackwell Publishers, 2002 
 BoekDavid Bostock, Philosophy of Mathematics, an Introduction, WileyBlackwell, 2009. 

 WerkvormenCursusgebeurtenis Algemeen• Lectures • Preparatory readings • Student presentations (group presentations) and discussions
 Hoorcollege
 PresentatieAanwezigheidsplicht   Ja 
 Zelfstudie

 ToetsenTentamenWeging   1 
Gelegenheden   Blok KW4, Blok KW4 


 