Mathematics of Man Observatory


Mathematics of Man Observatory

In 1954 K Levi-Strauss introduced a new term-"Mathematics of Man" as an area of the ultimate cooperation between algebraic topology and pure anthropology.His first experiments in such sort of mathematics of man were made with great Andre Weil...

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Universal Classification of processes based on Catalan numbers

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  Some so-called "primitive mathematics " by ancient mathematicians is trivial, but not banal. My first attempts to reconstruct well - forgotten Plato's periodic perfect numbers in 1998-1999 were are…Continue

Started by Michael Alexeevich Popov. Last reply by Michael Alexeevich Popov Dec 22, 2010.

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Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on November 20, 2009 at 1:21pm
Mathematics of Man * is an attempt of cooperation between pure anthropology and pure mathematics, predicted by Andre Weil and K. Levi-Strauss in 1950s. Andre Weil (1906 - 1998 ) was great mathematician and, in fact ,leader of the Bourbaki group. He created new area of futuristic and very elegant mathematics ( algebraic topology, automorphic representation theory, Weil conjecture, edele rings, Pontriagin duality, cheaf theory ,uniform space and another ideas of number theory and differential geometry ! ) . Since the first attempts in mathematics of man in 1950s with Levi-Strauss, new Bourbaki mathematics made remarkable progress in 2000s. To explore these new mathematical universes in anthropology ( categorical and topoi-anthropology ) and art ( neo post-structuralist ballet ) is main idea of new group.Welcome.
Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on March 9, 2010 at 3:43pm
Monday 22 February, 2.00 to 5.30 pm
This event replaces the conference announced for March 2nd 2010

"Lévi-Strauss' Legacy and British Anthropology"

2.00 pm: Welcome

2.30 pm: Keynote speaker: Prof. Maurice Bloch

"Naturalism and anti-naturalism in British understandings of Lévi-Strauss"

Maurice Bloch is Honorary Professor at London School of Economics and Collège de France

3.30 pm: Discussion

5.00 pm: Conclusion
5.30 pm: Drinks

Chair: Yves Goudineau, EFEO-MFO
Podcast of the keynote speakers is avaiable
Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on March 9, 2010 at 3:49pm
K.Levi-Strauss could be considered as a naturalist, iff mathematics ( categorical mathematics ) is a part of natural sciences. In fact, structural analysis is becoming categorical analysis in the context of history of comtemporary category mathematics, founded by A.Weil . It is can be understood as reinforcement of M.Bloch argument that Levi-Strauss is imperfect evolutionary anthropologist...
Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on March 11, 2010 at 3:54pm
please, see podcast by M. Bloch - length 68:37 min 31.42b MB
http:// -understandings-levi-strauss .
Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on July 23, 2010 at 4:55pm
Some remarks after God&Physics Conference ( Oxford university 7-10 July 2010)
KLS (K.Levi-Strauss) believed that ALL known mathematics is human. However,
some mathematicians had another understanding. The next opposite step from
KLS - to introduce "Mathematics of Nature".

Following KLS, it is possible to imagine that ALL UNIVERSE has mathematical
unconscious structure ( well known hypothesis of "Mathematical Universe "by T.).This trend is wrong.

Anthropology can suggest a new kind of mathematical studies,INDEED,where
Nature itself has own mathematical structure which cannot be expressed by
simplified analogies of human mathematics.

In comparison with structuralist hypothesis of "Mathematical Universe", we may
scientifically assume that Nature can have a kind of Mind ( in order to have
such sort of beautiful mathematical equations . Case of Schrodinger's equation ))....
Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on January 21, 2012 at 1:56pm

Jan 2012

Some fundamental mathematical problems ( for example Riemann conjecture  on mysterious distribution of the prime numbers in some unknown space ) have sense even in anthropology. A. Weil , working under Riemann hypothesis, used such findings in his applications for kinship theory ( with Levy-Strauss in 1940s ).

Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on April 10, 2012 at 6:29pm

April 2012

Visualizations in social ontologies used new interactive software ( Mathematika 8, Wolfram Corp ) is another way to do math in anthropology, digital social sciences and field work.

Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on April 27, 2012 at 1:23pm

Martin Kemp "Leonardo' Philosophical anatomies " Green-Templeton College 26.04.12.


Indeed, probably, Leonardo uses the same fundamental theorem and his visualizations represent perfectly performed proofs ( or demonstrations ) of the same idea. My investigations suggest that it is topological generalization of the taking Four-Vertex Theorem seriously.

 However, Leonardo ( like Vladimir Arnold in 1995 ) conjectured  that counter to ordinary intuition  3-dimensional case of this theorem might be exception ! This means that Leonardo had a kind of Grand Programme of Future Mathematics (“philosophy”) where his theorem was merely a part of the whole new math...

Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on June 23, 2012 at 1:51pm

Oxford became a centre of Mathematical multiverse


The Clay Mathematics Institute announces that as of June 30, 2012, the office of its president will move from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Oxford, UK. At that time Professor Nicholas Woodhouse of Oxford University will assume the position of president.

The primary objectives and purposes of The Clay Mathematics Institute are:

  • to increase and disseminate mathematical knowledge,
  • to educate mathematicians and other scientists about new discoveries in the field of mathematics,
  • to encourage gifted students to pursue mathematical careers,
  • and to recognize extraordinary achievements and advances in mathematical research.

The CMI will further the beauty, power and universality of mathematical thought.

The 2012 Clay Research Conference at Oxford June 18-19 (Monday and Tuesday) at Oxford University in Martin Wood Lecture Theatre of the Physics Department, in United Kingdom.

Speakers are Artur Avila, Francis Brown, Stavros Garoufalidis, Jeremy Kahn, Marc Lackenby, Vladimir Markovic and Peter Scholze.

Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on July 4, 2012 at 2:13pm

Lost or anew? New Nonclassical complexity is needed

Some remarks on Next Left Paradigm

The American political traditions of progressivism and liberalism have long provided European social democracy with a rich vein of ideas and inspiration: from the progressive-liberal reformism exemplified by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and, later, Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society to Bill Clinton and the New Democrat’s centrist fusion of moderate economic conservatism and social liberalism they have served–up restless models for social and economic progress, ideological contestation and political revisionism. The nation’s founding ideals, the civil rights era and the traditions of democratic accountability, civic duty and Republican liberty can all be mentioned in this regard.

Today, however, progressive parties on both sides of the Atlantic appear to be disorientated and rudderless, crucially lacking the ideological and intellectual vitality which underpinned their strength in the post-war political landscape. The US political system is in a state of paralysis and Europe’s centre-left parties have lost 19 out of the 25 elections since the fall of Lehman brothers in 2008. Progressives recognise that neoliberalism proved to be a dead end. But no new variety of capitalism has emerged to fill the void. The crisis has shifted from financial market failure to sovereign debt and on to the practice of politics and democracy: it is the question of the state – its size, its role, its efficiency – and the scale of national debt and deficits that have become the central issues in a period defined by protracted periods of low growth, austerity and squeezed living standards.

Against this backdrop, this high-level conference will explore how American and European centre-left traditions are adapting to 21st century structural constraints and ideological pressures. The circumstance of western capitalist democracies will provide for a compelling comparison of how new doctrines, new concepts and new interpretations might shape the next stages of centre-left political thought and whether they afford the possibility of a paradigm shift beyond neoliberalism.

The event is organised by Policy Network in partnership with Nufflield College University of Oxford, Harvard University, Institute for Global Law and Policy, and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), it took place at Nuffield College in Oxford on 2-3 July, 2012.

All dimensions need balance of a new type....


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