Social aspects of mathematicians’ research practice

PhD defence, Friday 5 May 2017. Line Edslev Andersen

2017.05.05 | Steffi Hjerrild Iversen

Line Edslev Andersen

During her PhD studies, Line Edslev Andersen has examined social aspects of researchers’ practice, mainly of mathematicians’ practice. More specifically, she has studied the role of trust among mathematicians in their research practice (with Henrik Kragh Sørensen), and how peer review is practiced for mathematical journals. She has also studied the commitments members of smaller research teams in science have to each other (with Hanne Andersen).

In the dissertation, Line Edslev Andersen for example defends the unusual practice of mathematical journals of using just one referee to review each article they receive, in spite of her study also indicating that referees typically do not check the proofs in an article step by step. This part of the dissertation is based on interviews she conducted with mathematicians about their refereering practices.

She did her doctoral studies at the Centre for Science Studies, Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University.

This summary was written by the PhD student.

Time: Friday 5 May 2017 at 13.00
Place: Room 121, Department of Science Education, Øster Voldgade 3, 1350 København K
Title of dissertation: Social epistemology and mathematical practice: Perspectives on dependence, peer review, and joint commitments
Contact information: Line Edslev Andersen, e-mail:, tel.: +45 20776689
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Deborah P. Tollefsen, Department of Philosophy, University of Memphis, USA
Professor Karen Francois, Department of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Professor Matthias Heymann (chair), Centre for Science Studies, Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University
Main supervisor: Professor Henrik Kragh Sørensen, Centre for Science Studies, Aarhus University and Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen
Co-supervisor: Professor Hanne Andersen, Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen
 The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128–134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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