|Friday, October 7th||Nicolas Fillion
(Philosophy, Simon Fraser University)
"The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics from the numerical analysis point of view"
Abstract: Researchers in all disciplines face methodological challenges that arise from the necessity of constructing models that contain idealizations, simplifications, abstractions, etc. in order to be able to explain and predict the behaviour of the systems they study. However, outside of applied mathematics, there is a rather shallow understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the (circumstantial) success of those descriptive gambits. In this rather philosophical talk, I will try to explain how backward error analysis--a method to assess computational error that has become central in numerical analysis--could be used to articulate a framework to solve questions that are important in other fields, and ultimately shed light on Wigner's famous puzzle about the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in science.
Friday, October 7th,
Edwards School of Business (ESB), Room 3.
All talks in Room 103 Edwards School of Business (ESB) unless otherwise noted
ESB is wheelchair accessible [Accessibility map, PDF]
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