Article ID: CBB000953542

Mathematical Marriages: Intercourse between Mathematics and Semiotic Choice (2009)


This paper examines the interaction between Semiotic choices and the presentation and solution of a family of contemporary mathematical problems centred around the so-called `stable marriage problem'. I investigate how a socially restrictive choice of signs impacts mathematical production both in terms of problem formation and of solutions. I further note how the choice of gendered language ends up constructing a reality, which duplicates the very structural framework that it imported into mathematical analysis in the first place. I go on to point out some semiotic lines of flight from this interlocking grip of mathematics and gendered language.

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Authors & Contributors
Boer, Bas de
Te Molder, Hedwig
Sonia N. Das
Brenda Moore-McCann
Clementina Gily Reda
Gaspard, Jeoffrey
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Studi dellaportiani
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Social Studies of Science
Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales
University of Chicago Press
De Gruyter Mouton
University of Minnesota
Linguistics; philology
Information science
Human evolution
Visual representation; visual communication
Sottsass, Ettore, Jr.
Hayne, Johann
Onck, Andries van
Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg
Esquirol, Jean Étienne Dominique
Whorf, Benjamin
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
17th century
French Guiana
Olivetti S.p.A (Firm)

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