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Myth and Metaphor in Philosophy of Mathematics

Myth and Metaphor in Philosophy of Mathematics
Myth and Metaphor in Philosophy of Mathematics

A meeting on ‘Myth and Metaphor in Philosophy of Mathematics,’ has been organized for May 17 by Siavash Mirshams Shahshahani, 74, professor of mathematics and head of the Mathematical Sciences Department at Sharif University of Technology.

The meeting at Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran starts at 4 pm at the Allameh Jafari auditorium in the College of Human Sciences, according to the website of Written Heritage Research Center (

It is organized under the auspices of Iranian Association of Logic.

Because of the subject matter, philosophy of mathematics occupies a special place in the philosophy of science. “Whereas the natural sciences investigate entities that are located in space in time, it is not at all known that this also is the case with objects that are studied in math,” according to Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

The status of mathematical knowledge also appears to differ from the status of knowledge in the natural sciences. Theories of the natural sciences appear to be less certain and more open to revision than mathematical theories.

For these reasons mathematics poses problems of a quite distinctive kind for philosophy. Therefore philosophers have accorded special attention to ontological and epistemological (both important elements of the philosophy of knowledge) questions concerning mathematics.

Shahshahani has published numerous papers in the field of mathematics. He has been involved in the development of Iran’s Internet from the very start (1994).

He received his bachelor’s degree in 1964 and master’s degree in 1966 from the University of California, Berkley and his PhD from the same university in 1969.

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