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Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011 — 8:00 PM EDT
Poster for 2011 Hagey Lecture. The title "how did mathematics become possible?" is in white on a blue background on the top half of the poster. Event details and a jumble of green letters are on a white background in the bottom half.

How come human beings can do mathematics? The question involves, among so many other things, capacities that have, presumably, arisen through natural selection, and discoveries of how to use those capacities, discoveries made at particular times and places in human history. We should see both as part of a broader series of questions about how this organism, on a planet like Earth, was able to become a mathematical animal, probably the only one in the universe.