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Bodies, incorporeals, and the birth of a mathematical diagram

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, 09 October 2019

geometry

Professor Ricardo Nemirovsky (Manchester Metropolitan University) discusses mathematical practices using phenomenological and embodied theories of learning as a framework.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All

Cost

Free

Organiser

Nikoleta Giannoutsou

Location

Large seminar room
UCL Knowledge Lab
23-29 Emerald Street
London
WC1N 3QS

As part of the UCL Knowledge Lab seminar series, this talk is about the nature of mathematical diagrams and their use.

Professor Nemirovsky draws on the distinction between bodies and incorporeal entities, propagated by Stoic philosophers, with a focus on two kinds of incorporeals: sense and emptiness. He illustrates the pervasive presence of sense and emptiness in mathematical practices.

These ideas are woven into the analysis of episodes selected from his own teaching of projective geometry and the use of Alberti’s Window – a tool developed to trace projections of objects or shapes. In these episodes, university students find different projections of a parabolic curve outlined with a long rope on a football field.

During the final discussion, Professor Nemirovsky will trace relationships with phenomenological and embodied theories of mathematics learning.

Registration 

This UCL Knowledge Lab seminar is free to attend and open to all, but attendees external to UCL should sign up via email to Nikoleta Yiannoutsou (n.yiannoutsou@ucl.ac.uk) or Rhiannon Thomas (rhiannon.thomas@ucl.ac.uk

You can also join the conversation on Twitter with #UCLKLtalks.

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About the Speaker

Ricardo Nemirovsky

Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Nemirovsky works on research and development aimed at changing images of mathematics that are prevalent in our culture. 

More about Ricardo Nemirovsky