Monthly Archives: October 2013

Does mathematics need a philosophy? — 2

A few more thoughts after the TMS meeting (mainly for non-philosophers) …  ‘Does mathematics need a philosophy?’ The question isn’t exactly transparent.  So, to ask one of those really, really annoying questions which philosophers like to ask, what exactly does it … Continue reading

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Does mathematics need a philosophy? — 1

At last week’s meeting of the Trinity Mathematical Society, Imre Leader and Thomas Forster gave introductory talks on “Does Mathematics need a Philosophy?” to a startlingly large audience, before a question-and-answer session. The topic is quite a big one, and … Continue reading

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Stefan Collini writes again about the attack on universities

In the latest London Review of Books, Stefan Collini writes again from the heart and with critical incisiveness about the privatisation disasters befalling British universities. Here’s his peroration: Future historians, pondering changes in British society from the 1980s onwards, will … Continue reading

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Today wonderful reading: good fun!

If you follow @PeterSmith on Twitter — and why not? — these are apparently the delights that await you … Logic and Schubert, eh? Can’t be bad. Added: HT to Rowsety Moid for spotting the tagline I should have used … Continue reading

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Review: the Pavel Haas Quartet, Schubert ‘Death and the Maiden’ and the String Quintet

Readers of this blog will know how greatly I have admired the Pavel Haas Quartet for a while. And it isn’t just me who finds them absolutely compelling both in live performance and on disc. Their previous four CDs have rightly … Continue reading

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