University of Cambridge > Talks.cam > Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series > Go forth and multiply! Imperatives in mathematical proofs

Go forth and multiply! Imperatives in mathematical proofs

Add to your list(s) Download to your calendar using vCal

If you have a question about this talk, please contact info@newton.ac.uk.

BPR - Big proof

In this talk I will emphasise the activity of proving in securing mathematical knowledge. I will be drawing on observations of the language used in mathematical proofs to argue that the proofs themselves can contain a mix of propositional and imperatival content, very much in the style of a recipe or set of instructions for other mathematicians to carry out the same proving activity. This also applies to diagrams in proofs, which I shall compare to instructions for LEGO models and Ikea furniture. The idea is that this will then provide a natural picture of informal proofs and their epistemic significance, fitting in with modern approaches in epistemology, especially on knowledge-how and virtue epistemology.



This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series.

Tell a friend about this talk:

This talk is included in these lists:

Note that ex-directory lists are not shown.

 

© 2006-2017 Talks.cam, University of Cambridge. Contact Us | Help and Documentation | Privacy and Publicity