Picture of tarski Alfred Tarski Centenary Conference

May 28--June 1, 2001

Place: Stefan Banach International Mathematical Center,  Warsaw.
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Alfred Tarski (1901-1983) was one of the greatest mathematicians, logicians and philosophers of the passing century, and one of the greatest logicians of all time. He was born in Warsaw on January 14, 1901. He studied mathematics (with Waclaw Sierpinski), logic (with Slanislaw Lesniewski and Jan Lukasiewicz), and philosophy (with Tadeusz Kotarbinski) at the Warsaw University, obtaining Ph.D. in 1924 under the supervision of Lesniewski. He was since then an associate professor at the Warsaw University, and became world-wide famous for his work on the semantical definition of truth in 1933. He arrived in the USA in 1939 on the invitation of John von Neuman and lived there ever since, affiliated first at the Harvard University and then, after 1943, at the University of California at Berkeley. His contributions belong to various areas of mathematics and logic, in some of them, like the Theory of Models, he is considered one of the main founders. His name is attached to numerous theorems and notions, the most momentous even beyond mathematics is his generally accepted notion of truth.  Tarski essentially influenced the development of contemporary logic and philosophy, in particular philosophy of language and philosophy of science.  He insisted very strongly that logic should have an interdisciplinary character and form a bridge between various fields. He also stressed the social role of logic --- in his view, logic contributes to freedom and the rational life.

In celebration of the centenary of his birth, the Tarski Centenary Conference will focus on his contributions to logic, the foundations of mathematics, philosophy, as well as on the continuing influence of his work.

Opening: Monday 28 May, 9:00 h, Mathematical Institute, 8 Sniadeckich street, room 403, 4th floor
List of invited lectures
Plan of lectures

Attending the sessions of the conference does not require earlier registration.

Registration desk will be open on Sunday 27 May, since 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Banach Center, 25 Mokotowska street, and on Monday 28 May, since 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Mathematical Institute of the Polish Academy of Science, 8 Sniadeckich street, 4th floor.

Organizing Committee:

Zofia Adamowicz (Mathematical Institute, Polish Academy of Science),
Andrzej Grzegorczyk (Polish Academy of Science, the head of the Committee of Philosophy),
Damian Niwiński (Institute of Informatics, Warsaw University),
Ewa Or³owska (Institute of Telecommunications, Warsaw),
Konrad Pióro (Institute of Mathematics,  Warsaw University),
Anna Romanowska  (Institute of Mathematics,  Technical University of Warsaw),
Ulf Schmerl  (Universitat des Bundeswehr),
Jan Woleński (Institute of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University, Kraków,
the President of the Polish Association of Logic and Philosophy of Science).

Contact persons:

Damian Niwiński
Warsaw University, Institute of Informatics,
ul.Banacha 2,02-097 Warszawa, Poland.
e-mail  niwinski@mimuw.edu.pl

and  Jan Woleński
Jagiellonian University, Institute of Philosophy,
Grodzka 52, 31-044 Kraków, Poland,
e-mail wolenski@jetta.if.uj.edu.pl