2011 Hagey Lecture: Dr. Ian Hacking – How did mathematics become possible?

In the 2011 Hagey Lecture, Professor Ian Hacking explores how human beings developed the power to do math.

Monday, October 3, 2011 at 8:00pm, Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall

Drawing from current cognitive science, the historical past of early arithmetic, social research of science, and what has been known as the archaeology of thoughts—how fashioning artifacts has modified the human thoughts itself—the lecture goals much less at “building bridges” between these completely different sorts of inquiry, than at highlighting how a lot we’re studying proper now, and the way little we all know.

Ian Hacking is thought to be a number one scholar within the historical past and philosophy of science, though his work has touched fields as various as statistical inference and the emergence of a number of persona dysfunction. His contributions have earned many awards, together with the Killam Prize for Humanities and an appointment to the Order of Canada.

Waterloo’s premier invitational public lecture collection since 1970, the Hagey Lectures are co-sponsored by the Faculty Association and the University of Waterloo.