Mathematics 2013-2014

2013-2014

Structuralism: An Alternative to Mathematical Platonism

Structuralism is, at its simplest, a viable alternative to Platonism the idea that mathematical objects, just like any other objects, have Platonic forms. Instead, structuralism posits that objects don't need to exist abstractly, or even have some inherent nature, but that these objects gain their significance only from their relationships with other mathematical objects.

The Invention of Mathematics

It has been claimed that mathematics was invented. This claim is absurd.

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New Scholarships Forge Connections, Open Opportunities

At UD, it is now possible to create a nonendowed, named scholarship with a minimum commitment of $20,000, which may be payable over up to four years. Recently, three families have done just this in order to forge a connection and provide needed aid to current students.

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Weekly Campus Monitor: Early Testing Success

As in-person classes continue on campus, President Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, spent time walking the UD Mall, gathering vital student feedback. He reported a joyful response to initial testing success, “especially among the seniors — how much they hope we can keep this going.” There have been only four positive tested cases out of nearly 1,000 tests performed on campus since June, with no active COVID-19 cases as of Friday, Sept. 4.

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