59. Excerpts from John von Neumann's letters

by Miklos Redei

Monday June 12, 2006, VUB Campus Etterbeek, 16.00, room D.1.08.

Abstract: If influence of a scientist is interpreted broadly enough to include impact on fields beyond science proper then John von Neumann was probably the most influential mathematician who ever lived: not only did he contribute to almost all branches of modern mathematics and created new fields but he also changed history after the second World War by his work in computer design and by being a sought-after technical advisor to the post-war military-political establishment of the U.S.A. The talk will highlight some episodes in von Neumann's life and work by presenting quotations from his letters recently published in the volume "John von Neumann: Selected Letters" (American Mathematical Society and London Mathematical Society, 2005).

Miklos Redei studied physics and philosophy at Lorand Eotvos University in Budapest, Hungary, receiving his PhD in philosophy from Eotvos University in 1982. Currently he is associate professor in the Department of Logic at Eotvos University. His research interests concern foundational and philosophical problems of modern physics, especially of quantum theory, and related more general issues in philosophy of science such as the interpretation of probability and theories of probabilistic causation. He is the author of the book Quantum Logic in Algebraic Approach (Kluwer, 1998), co-editor (with M. Stoeltzner) of the volume John von Neumann and the Foundations of Quantum Physics, (Kluwer, 2001) and editor of John von Neumann: Selected Letters (American Mathematical Society, 2005). He was co-organizer of the 3 year European Science Foundation Scientific Network "Fundational and Philosophical Problems of Modern Physics". For more information, see his homepage http://hps.elte.hu/~redei/index.html.

Het filosofisch interuniversitair (VUB- KULeuven) onderzoeksseminarie 'Philosophical Arguments - Charles Taylor'

In dit onderzoeksseminarie bespreken we het boek van de Canadese filosoof Charles 'Philosophical Arguments'. Per bijeenkomst reflecteren we over 2 hoofdstukken; tijdens de laatste sessie besteden we aandacht aan drie hoofdstukken. De eerste sessies worden kort ingeleid door Erik Claes (prof. Factulteit Rechtsgeleerdheid) en Stijn Latré (doctoraatstudent KULeueven over Charles Taylor).

Uitgenodigd aan deze polyloog worden professoren, post-docs en doctoraatstudenten uit de verschillende universiteiten en verschillende disciplines, die geïnteresseerd zijn in de werken van Charles Taylor.

Data bijeenkomsten: vrijdag 20 januari, 24 februari, 31 maart, 5 mei, 9 juni en 8 september 2006

Tijdstip: van 10-12u.

Locatie: kleine vergaderzaal, poortgebouw, Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid. Tiensestraat 41, 3000 Leuven.

Voertaal is Nederlands.

Indien u wenst deel te nemen aan dit seminarie, gelieven een mailtje te sturen naar nnote@vub.ac.be of erik.claes@law.kuleuven.be