Special Issue "Philosophy and Education of Mathematics and Computing"

A special issue of Philosophies (ISSN 2409-9287).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Attila Egri-Nagy
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Guest Editor
Mathematics, Akita International University, Akita 010-1211, Japan
Interests: computational semigroup theory; algebraic biology; artificial intelligence; philosophy of mathematics and computation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

What is Mathematics? The question is as old as Philosophy itself. Is it a cognitive model, or reality itself? Despite thousands of years of discussion, we still do not know. Not that we have no idea, but we have many partial answers. Can we then stop asking the question? As long as we teach Mathematics, we cannot. What we think about a subject, admittedly or not, influences how we present it, how we teach it. For instance, latent Platonism led to a reader-unfriendly style of mathematical writing that removes any traces of failures or dead ends in the thinking process, only presenting the eternal truth. Therefore, adjusting our philosophical perspective may improve education.

What is computation? What do programmers really do? As if we had not enough trouble with the nature of Mathematics already, the rise of computers further complicated the picture. Computing devices appear to be mathematical engines at a low level, and they can look very different on higher levels. What is a computer then? Since we aim to teach programming to more and more people, the stakes are again high due to the educational considerations.

We invite thinkers who are tackling these issues from different perspectives and with a varied set of methods to contribute this Special Issue. Mathematics and computing keep changing; therefore, it is worth revisiting the fundamental questions.

Dr. Attila Egri-Nagy
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • mathematics
  • computing
  • philosophy
  • education
  • programming

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Traditional Logic and Computational Thinking
Philosophies 2021, 6(1), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies6010012 - 09 Feb 2021
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In this contribution, we try to show that traditional Aristotelian logic can be useful (in a non-trivial way) for computational thinking. To achieve this objective, we argue in favor of two statements: (i) that traditional logic is not classical and (ii) that logic [...] Read more.
In this contribution, we try to show that traditional Aristotelian logic can be useful (in a non-trivial way) for computational thinking. To achieve this objective, we argue in favor of two statements: (i) that traditional logic is not classical and (ii) that logic programming emanating from traditional logic is not classical logic programming. Full article
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