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Title: Diversity in proof appraisal
Authors: Inglis, Matthew
Aberdein, Andrew
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Birkhäuser Basel © Springer International Publishing
Citation: INGLIS, M. and ABERDEIN, A., 2016. Diversity in proof appraisal. IN: Larvor, Brendan (Ed.). Mathematical Cultures: The London Meetings 2012-2014. Basel: Birkhäuser, pp. 163 - 180.
Series/Report no.: Trends in the History of Science;
Abstract: We investigated whether mathematicians typically agree about the qualities of mathematical proofs. Between-mathematician consensus in proof appraisals is an implicit assumption of many arguments made by philosophers of mathematics, but to our knowledge the issue has not previously been empirically investigated. We asked a group of mathematicians to assess a specific proof on four dimensions, using the framework identified by Inglis and Aberdein (2014). We found widespread disagreement between our participants about the aesthetics, intricacy, precision and utility of the proof, suggesting that a priori assumptions about the consistency of mathematical proof appraisals are unreasonable.
Description: Closed access. This is a chapter from the book, Mathematical Cultures: The London Meetings 2012-2014.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-28582-5
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22523
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28582-5
ISBN: 978-3-319-28580-1
ISSN: 2297-2951
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