Symposium on Mathematical Practice and Cognition

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Symposium on Mathematical Practice and Cognition

Invited talk

Types of Generality in and around Mathematics and Logics. Professor Ivor Grattan-Guinness, Emeritus Professor of the History of Mathematics and Logic at Middlesex University, and a Visiting Research Associate at the London School of Economics

A prized property of theories of all kinds is that of generality, of applicability or least relevance to a wide range of circumstances and situations. The purpose of this talk is to discuss three distinct forms that generality takes in mathematics and logics, and the relationships of general theories to their predecessors and competitors.