Our daily world is nothing but a collection of patterns and structures that can be found everywhere: in human habits, animal behavior and nature. Mathematics is the science of patterns and structures. Thus, the science of everyday life must be mathematics! This bold statement by Jean Paul Van Bendegem will be supported by a number of examples in his talk, as the proof of the (structured) pudding remains in the (patterns of the) eating.
Jean Paul Van Bendegem is a professor at the Free University of Brussels where he teaches courses in logic and philosophy of science. As a part of his research, he studies mathematical practice and aims to understand what it is mathematicians do when they do mathematics. Apart from his academic work he also spreads his ideas using lectures, radio and TV appearances and column-writing.
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