Logic & Reasoning with Prof Rod Downey
Logic is the study of principles of correct reasoning. This Reading Group will look at what constitutes a correct argument. We will begin with simple propositional logic, and a glimpse into early Greek reasonings. We will also look at common fallacies, and how we can construct our own arguments using diagrams.
To understand modern society, a knowledge of everyday reasoning with statistics and probabilities is very relevant. How should we understand the statistics quoted in the news media? What is the difference between a ‘frequentist’ and a ‘Bayesian’ approach to probabilities?
For the first session, please come prepared to support or refute this claim: ‘Standards are Falling’. You may choose to interpret the statement (e.g. standards of what? how do we know they are falling?) in any way you wish. Expect an interesting discussion!
About Prof Rod Downey
We’re excited to have Prof Rod Downey, a world-class Mathematician, visiting this Semester. Prof Downey teaches computational mathematics (and ‘fuzzy logic’) at Victoria University, New Zealand, using those concepts to explain complexity. He also has an interest in devising Scottish country dances, no doubt through applying mathematical formulations!
Schedule (2017 Sem 1)
This group will meet on:
Thur 17 Aug
Tue 22 Aug
Thur 24 Aug
Thur 31 Aug
Tue 5 Sept
Thur 7 Sept (5.30-7pm)
Thur 14 Sept
Reading Room, 4.30-6pm (except 7 Sept which is 5.30-7pm)
Dr Daniel Jew (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Prof Rod Downey