Mathematics, grammars... and babies?!
`Colourless green ideas sleep furiously.' Before you judge the author of this nonsense, notice that it is at least a grammatically correct sentence. In fact, it is a famous sentence due to the linguist Noam Chomsky, who investigated the principles from which spoken languages develop. While trying to come up with a theory to explain how babies learn to form sentences, Chomsky defined grammars. Similar to grammar learned in school, Chomsky's grammars are sets of rules about how to construct sentences.
In this talk, we will investigate to what extent Chomsky succeeded in determining why some sentences are correct while others are not. More importantly, the talk will also reveal how these grammars turned out to have unexpected applications in mathematics and computer science.
Dr. Laura Ciobanu is Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University.
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Upcoming Events22nd-23rd Sep
Little Explorer Day: Marvellous Maths
Aberdeen Science Centre, 107 George Street, Aberdeen AB25 1HU All day Adults: £5.75; Children (3+): £5.00; Family: £19.50; Children (under 3): FREE
From sorting shapes to playing with patterns, we'll show you the fun side of maths in this Little Explorer Day. Join us with your little explorers on these special days designed for 3-5 year olds with hands-on activities and shows!