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essay contest on the history and philosophy of computability (fwd)
***ESSAY PRIZE on the HISTORY and PHILOSOPHY of COMPUTABILITY***
An annual prize of the Advanced Reasoning Forum for US $250.
The inaugural prize in 2001 was awarded to:
Mr. Giorgos Barbalias
University of Thessaloniki, Greece and University of Leeds,
"Self-reference and paradoxes"
Faculty Sponsor H. Dugald Macpherson
Terms of the Prize:
1. CLOSING DATE:
January 15 of each year.
Any student, graduate or undergraduate, currently registered or who has
graduated no earlier than May of the preceding year.
Any subject in the history and/or philosophy of computability and/or the
foundations of mathematics. The topic should fall broadly within the
range of topics discussed in *Computability* by Richard L. Epstein and
Walter A. Carnielli (2nd edtion, Wadsworth, 2000) and the accompanying
timeline. Strictly mathematical papers are not acceptable, nor are
papers whose main emphasis is the relation of mind and machine. New
theories or models of computation may be discussed.
4. LENGTH and FORMAT of ESSAY
The essay must not exceed 10 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. The
essay must be in English. Footnotes should appear on the page of the
text to which they apply.
5. SPONSOR of ESSAY
The essay must be sponsored by a faculty member of the school of the
student. No faculty member may sponsor more than two students in any
6. METHOD of SUBMITTING ESSAY
The essay must be submitted with a cover letter with the author's name,
address, and name, and university address of the faculty sponsor, signed
by both the student and sponsor. No identification of the author should
appear in the body of the essay. Three copies of the essay should be
Richard L. Epstein
P. O. Box 217
Socorro, NM 87801 USA
If a reply is requested that the essay has been received, enclose a
self-addressed stamped postcard or an e-mail address.
7. AWARD of PRIZE
The essays will be judged by the members of the Advanced Reasoning
Forum, and the prize will be announced by April 15. A certificate and
the prize money will be sent to the student's faculty sponsor for
presentation to the student at his or her school.