By Rod Downey, Rod Downey, Qiu Yu Hui, Tung Shih Ping, Ding Decheng, Mariko Yasugi

The seventh and the eighth Asian common sense meetings belong to the sequence of good judgment meetings inaugurated in Singapore in 1981. This assembly is held as soon as each 3 years and rotates between international locations within the Asia-Pacific sector, with pursuits within the extensive sector of common sense, together with theoretical machine technological know-how. it really is now thought of an important convention during this box and is often backed via the organization for Symbolic common sense.

This ebook includes papers — lots of them surveys by way of best specialists — of either the seventh assembly (in Hsi-Tou, Taiwan) and the eighth (in Chongqing, China). the quantity deliberate for the seventh assembly used to be interrupted via the earthquake in Taiwan and the choice used to be made to mix the 2 court cases. The eighth convention is additionally the ICM2002 satellite tv for pc convention on Mathematical common sense.

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But should we be strongly tempted to draw such an inference? Let us ask: What is it to understand mathematics? Here, we should restrict our considerations to just some area of mathematics, say set theory. B y the usual criteria that we use in American universities to determine i f someone understands a substantial amount of set theory, we see if the person can explain the principal concepts of the theory (by giving the relevant definitions, applying these definitions within the theory, and explaining their implications f o r the theory), knows the axioms or fundamental assumptions of the area, and also can cite, prove, explain and applp ( i n a variety of set theoretical contexts) the principal theorems of the area (both basic and advanced).

Nor have I been offering any sort of analysis or translation of the theorems of any mathematical theory. If the point I am making here is not entirely clear to you at this point, do not worry, since I shall be amplifying the point shortly. The fourth puzzle Let us now consider the fourth puzzle, from the perspective of the structural view of mathematics sketched above. We know that there are many mathematicians who do not believe in the existence of mathematical objects and yet continue t o do fruitful work in mathematics.

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