Second Announcement and Final Call for Papers:

An International Conference at the University of Ghent on
Philosophical Aspects of Symbolic Reasoning in Early Modern Science and
Mathematics (PASR)

Venue: Het Pand, in the historical center of Ghent, Belgium.

Date: 27, 28 and 29 August 2009

This conference brings together scholars working on philosophy of
science, history of philosophy and history of science and/or
mathematics. The topic is the role of symbolic representations in the
development of modern science and mathematics from the end of the
sixteenth century throughout the seventeenth century.


* The emergence of symbolic algebra
* Views on symbolism in seventeenth-century philosophy
* Reasoning with symbolic representations of natural phenomena
* The role of diagrams and illustrations in early modern science
* Semiotic and model-based approaches to symbolic representations
* Mathesis Universalis and Characteristica Universalis
* Cross-cultural studies on the use of symbols in the mathematical
* …

Invited speakers:

* Jens Høyrup, Roskilde University, Denmark:
“Hesitating progress — the slow development toward algebraic
symbolization in abbacus- and related manuscripts, c. 1300 to c. 1550″
* Eberhard Knobloch, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany:
“Leibniz between ars characteristica and ars inveniendi: Unknown news
about Cajori’s ‘master-builder of mathematical notations'”
* Marco Panza, CNRS, Paris, France:
“Does algebra need a (literal) formalism”
* Matthias Schemmel, Max Planck Institute, Berlin, Germany:
“Medieval Representations of Change and Their Early Modern Application.”
* Michel Serfati, Paris VII, France:
“Scientific revolution, symbolic revolution; mathematical and
philosophical aspects”

[One further speaker will soon be added]

Submission of abstracts:
Abstracts should contain between 500 and 1000 words and should be
submitted electronically to [email protected]. Microsoft Word, TeX or PDF
files are accepted. All abstracts which we received are acknowledged by
mail within 10 days. /Deadline for abstracts is 15 April 2009./*/ /*They
will be refereed in order of arrival, and authors will be informed as
soon as possible but not later than 30 May 2009.

Conference proceedings:
The organizers intend to publish the invited papers and a selection of
contributed papers partly in a special volume of a journal and partly in
a book of an academic publisher. A call for final papers will be issued
during the conference.

Conference chairs:
Albrecht Heeffer, Maarten van Dyck

Program comittee:
Albrecht Heeffer, Marco Panza, Chikara Sasaki, Maarten van Dyck.