# Category Archives: Combinatorics

## Relation Theory • Discussion 1

Re: Cybernetics • Arthur Phillips Responding to what I’ll abductively interpret as a plea for relevance from the cybernetic galley, let me give a quick review of where we are in this many-oared expedition. Our reading of Ashby (see Survey … Continue reading

## Survey of Relation Theory • 4

In this Survey of blog and wiki posts on Relation Theory, relations are viewed from the perspective of combinatorics, in other words, as a topic in discrete mathematics, with special attention to finite structures and concrete set-theoretic constructions, many of … Continue reading

## Riffs and Rotes • 4

Prompted by a recent discussion of prime numbers and complex dynamics on one of the Santa Fe Institute’s FaceBook pages, I posted a link to an old project of mine, going back to a time when I was first learning programming … Continue reading

Re: Peter Cameron • Infinity and Foundation C.S. Peirce is one who recognized the constitutional independence of mathematical inquiry, finding at its core a mode of operation tantamount to observation and more primitive than logic itself.  Here is one place … Continue reading

Re: Peter Cameron • Infinity and Foundation We always encounter a multitude of problems whenever we try to rationalize mathematics by reducing it to logic, where logic itself is reduced to a purely deductive style.  A number of thinkers have … Continue reading

## Survey of Relation Theory • 3

In this Survey of blog and wiki posts on Relation Theory, relations are viewed from the perspective of combinatorics, in other words, as a topic in discrete mathematics, with special attention to finite structures and concrete set-theoretic constructions, many of … Continue reading

## Riffs and Rotes • 3

Re: R.J. Lipton • Failure Of Unique Factorization My favorite question in this realm is how much of the linear ordering of the natural numbers is purely combinatorial, where we eliminate all the structure that isn’t purely combinatorial via the … Continue reading

## Survey of Relation Theory • 2

In this Survey of blog and wiki posts on Relation Theory, relations are viewed from the perspective of combinatorics, in other words, as a topic in discrete mathematics, with special attention to finite structures and concrete set-theoretic constructions, many of … Continue reading

## Relations & Their Relatives • Discussion 10

Re: Peirce List Discussion • Helmut Raulien The facts about relational reducibility are relatively easy to understand and I included links to relevant discussions in my earlier survey of relation theory. The following article discusses relational reducibility and irreducibility in … Continue reading

## Relations & Their Relatives • Discussion 9

Re: Peirce List Discussion • Jeffrey Brian Downard In viewing the structures of relation spaces, even the smallest dyadic cases we’ve been exploring so far, no one need feel nonplussed at the lack of obviousness in this domain.  Anyone who … Continue reading