INGLIS, M. and ALCOCK, L., 2018. Watching mathematicians read mathematics. IN: Proceedings of the 42nd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Umea, Sweden, 3-8 July 2018.
This report contributes to the debate about whether expert mathematicians skim-read
mathematical proofs before engaging in detailed line-by-line reading. It reviews the conflicting introspective and behavioural evidence, then reports a new study of expert mathematicians' eye movements as they read both entire research-level mathematics papers and individual proofs within those papers. Our analysis reveals no evidence of skimming, and we discuss the implications of this for research and pedagogy.
This paper is closed access until after the conference has taken place.