Amphi Pour Tous - The truth of mathematics

March 14, 2023 18:00 - March 14, 2023 19:00

The conference "Le dire vrai des mathématiques" , presented by Georges COMTE, professor at the Laboratoire de Mathématiques (LAMA), UFR Sciences et Montagne, will take place on Tuesday March 14, 2023 at 6 pm, at the Presidency of theuniversité Savoie Mont Blanc in Chambéry.

It will also be held :

  • Tuesday, March 7 in Archamps at 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 6:30 pm in Annecy
  • Friday April 7, 2023 at 6:30 pm in Albertville

The conferences will take place subject to the health conditions related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic and in compliance with the safety instructions in force in the venue hosting the event.


Since Ancient Greece, mathematics has played the role of a model science because of the relationship it has with truth. Mathematics before the classical Greek period, essentially Mesopotamian, did not have such a relationship with the notion of truth. We can go so far as to say that the emergence of the notion of truth among the Greeks made mathematical propositions necessary, adding in return reality to mathematical objects. A mathematical word that constitutes our idea of the true is the paradigm, more or less well thought out, on which we have lived pleasantly for 25 centuries. Through accessible mathematical examples, we will question this link perceived as natural: what is this true saying of mathematics? Does it have a history? On which objects does it concern? We will then see that the great evolutions of mathematical logic in the 20th century, and that of theories of language, impose a complete revision of our relationship to the concept of truth.