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Historical, philosophical and anthropological approaches to numbers, measurement and measurability

Approches historiques, philosophiques et anthropologiques des nombres, de la mesure et de la mesurabilité

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Published on Monday, October 21, 2019 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

The SPHERE Laboratory has opened an interdisciplinary theme "Historical, philosophical and anthropological approaches to numbers, measurement and measurability".

Announcement

Organisation

Nadine de Courtenay (HPS, Univ. Paris Diderot & SPHere), Christine Proust (CNRS, SPHERE)

Monthly sessions take place on Wednesdays, at the University of Paris–Paris Diderot, Room Mondrian (646A), Building Condorcet, 4, rue Elsa Morante, 75013 Paris (map)

Programme

Wednesday November 20,

2019, 9:30am–1:00pm, Room Mondrian, 646A

Numeracy systems and languages: historiography and critical approach

Session organized by C. Proust (CNRS, SPHERE)

  • Karine Chemla (CNRS, SPHERE) Historiographie et histoire du système positionnel décimal en Chine
  • Christine Proust (CNRS, SPHERE) & Jean-Jacques Glassner (CNRS)

Wednesday December 11,

9:30am–1:00pm, Room Mondrian, 646A

Between measurement and calculation: history of mathematical instruments

Session organized by M. Pegny

The study of the instruments constitutes a major material source for the historiographies of measurement and calculation. During this session, we will pay particular attention to analog instruments, these instruments manipulating the continuum that the success of the digital model has relegated to oblivion, and to the conceptual problems posed by their classification as a measuring instrument or calculating instrument.

  • Loïc Petitgirard (CNAM) Mesurer et calculer : de l’histoire des instruments « réalisant une transformée de Fourier »
  • Maël Pégny (IHPST) Mesure ou calcul ? Enjeux historiques et philosophiques de la classification des instruments analogiques

Wednesday January 8, 2020,

9:30am–1:00pm, Room Mondrian, 646A

Discussion of a text by Clark on the relationship between time and space

Session organized by N. de Courtenay & S. Rommevaux-Tani

Wednesday February 5,

9:30am–4:00pm, Room Mondrian, 646A

One problem, several possible measures

Session organized by E. Lejeune & M. Lacomme & M. Pegny

During this session, we will consider the cases where several metrics are possible to answer a question. Through case studies from various fields and disciplines (evolutionary biology, big data, historiography), we will deal with issues arising from a choice of metrics or measurement methods. We will discuss issues related to the definition of metrics, the choice of a set of data, the representation of data as well as the ability to compare results from different measurement methods.

  • Guillaume Lecointre (Pr at National Museum d’Histoire Naturelle) La mesure de la parenté entre espèces et de la construction des arbres phylogénétiques
  • Christophe Denis (LIP6, Sorbonne Université)
  • Edgar Lejeune (Univ. Paris Diderot, SPHere et LATTICE)

Wednesday March 11,

9:30am–4:30pm, Room Mondrian, 646A

The role of uncertainties in different disciplines

Session organized by N. de Courtenay

Wednesday April 1rst,

Room Mondrian, 646A

Uncertainty and identity in the measure of the unobservable

Session organized by S. Hijmans (Univ. Paris Diderot, SPHERE) & N. de Courtenay

Wednesday May 13,

9:30am–4:00pm, Room Mondrian, 646A

History of units of measurement of length and surface

Session organized by C. Proust & C. de Varent (SPHERE & LDAR)

  • Camille Lecompte (ARSCAN) & Christine Proust (CNRS, SPHere)
  • Serafina Cuomo (Durham University) Measurement in the ancient Greek and Roman world

Wednesday June 3,

9:30am–1:00pm, Room Mondrian, 646A

A critical approach to the opposition between ’concrete’ and ’abstract’ numbers’

Session organized by C. Proust & E. Vandendriessche

  • Christine Proust & Eric Vandendriessche, (CNRS, SPHERE) : Introduction
  • Baptiste Fiette (ANR EcritUr) Mesurer les récoltes de céréales à l’aide du nombre-šukunnûm en Babylonie ancienne
  • Christine Chambris (André Revuz, Université de Cergy-Pontoise)

Places

  • Salle Mondrian, 646A - Université Paris Diderot, bâtiment Condorcet, 4, rue Elsa Morante, 75013 Paris
    Paris, France (75013)

Date(s)

  • Wednesday, October 09, 2019
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020
  • Wednesday, February 05, 2020
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • Wednesday, April 01, 2020
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020
  • Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Keywords

  • mesure, mesurabilité, unité de mesure, système de numération, calcul

Contact(s)

  • nadine de Courtenay
    courriel : nadine [dot] decourtenay [at] univ-paris-diderot [dot] fr
  • christine proust
    courriel : christine [dot] proust [at] orange [dot] fr

Information source

  • nad fachard
    courriel : nad [dot] fachard [at] univ-paris-diderot [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Historical, philosophical and anthropological approaches to numbers, measurement and measurability », Seminar, Calenda, Published on Monday, October 21, 2019, https://calenda.org/696025

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