SICSA DVF Professor Philip Scott “An introduction to many-valued logics and effect algebras”

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Date(s) - 18/10/2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Informatics Forum

SICSA DVF Professor Philip Scott from the University of Ottawa will be giving a talk entitled “An introduction to many-valued logics and effect algebras” on Tuesday 18 October at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh.

The algebras of many-valued Lukasiewicz logics (MV algebras) as well as the theory of quantum measurement (Effect algebras) have undergone considerable development in the 1980s and 1990s; they now constitute important research fields, with connections to several contemporary areas of mathematics, logic, and theoretical computer science.

Both subjects have recently attracted considerable interest among groups of researchers in categorical logic and foundations of quantum computing. I will give a leisurely introduction to MV algebras (and their associated logics), as well as the more general world of effect algebras. If time permits, we will also illustrate some new results (with Mark Lawson, Heriot-Watt) on coordinatization of some concrete MV-algebras using inverse semigroup theory.

P. J. Scott is a mathematical logician working in category theory, proof theory, and theoretical computer science. In 1986 he published the book Introduction to Higher Order Categorical Logic (Cambridge University Press) with J. Lambek, which has been highly inuential both in the development of categorical logic, and in its applications in theoretical computer science. In particular, the book establishes the close connections between various type theories, categories, and logics. It thus motivated later works on using category theory and related machinery in programming languages, as well as operational and denotational semantics.
Professor Scott is currently Associate Editor of the Cambridge journal Mathematical Structures in Computer Science, and a Coordinating Editor of the North-Holland journal Annals of Pure and Applied Logic. In Canada, his research funding comes from NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada).  Since the early 1990s, Prof. Scott has published foundational papers in areas relating categorical logic to theoretical computer science.

Chris Heunen is hosting Professor Philip Scott’s visit.

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