Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award Lecture
West Virginia University



Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at 4pm in Rhododendron Room in the Mountainlair

Professor Krzysztof Chris Ciesielski

West Virginia University


Paradoxes in Mathematics and the Meaning of Truth

The talk will be designed for a general audience.

Students and non-specialists are strongly encouraged to participate.

Abstract

Several paradoxes and paradoxical theorems will be discussed and used to explain why axiomatic theories are the most trustworthy tool for developing theories. This will be also used to argue that all scientific theories, and their consequences are only conditionally true, so that there is no way to scientifically deduce any absolute truth (i.e., such that no faith is necessary to accept it).


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