Explanation and Proof in Mathematics: Philosophical and by Gila Hanna,Hans Niels Jahnke,Helmut Pulte

By Gila Hanna,Hans Niels Jahnke,Helmut Pulte

In the 4 a long time considering the fact that Imre Lakatos declared arithmetic a "quasi-empirical science," expanding cognizance has been paid to the method of evidence and argumentation within the box -- a improvement paralleled via the increase of desktop know-how and the mounting curiosity within the logical underpinnings of mathematics.  Explanantion and facts in Mathematics assembles views from arithmetic schooling and from the philosophy and background of arithmetic to bolster mutual expertise and percentage contemporary findings and advances of their interrelated fields.  With examples starting from the geometrists of the seventeenth century and old chinese language algorithms to cognitive psychology and present academic perform, participants discover the function of refutation in producing proofs, the numerous hyperlinks among test and deduction, using diagrammatic considering as well as natural good judgment, and the makes use of of facts in arithmetic schooling (including a critique of "authoritative" as opposed to "authoritarian" educating styles).


A sampling of the coverage:



  • The conjoint origins of facts and theoretical physics in historical Greece.

  • Proof as bearers of mathematical knowledge.

  • Bridging realizing and proving in mathematical reasoning.

  • The function of arithmetic in long term cognitive improvement of reasoning.

  • Proof as test within the paintings of Wittgenstein.

  • Relationships among mathematical evidence, problem-solving, and explanation.

Explanation and facts in Mathematics is sure to draw quite a lot of readers, together with mathematicians, arithmetic schooling pros, researchers, scholars, and philosophers and historians of mathematics.

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