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Why Mathematical Proof?

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  • UserDana Scott (Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon, Visiting Scholar in Mathematics, Berkeley) World_link
  • ClockFriday 20 May 2016, 17:30-18:30
  • HouseMR2, CMS.

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Mathematicians (and school children) have been giving proofs for millennia. Why? Why are they needed? How formal should proofs be? Are there different systems/philosophies for organizing proofs? Are axioms always “self-evident”? Will new axioms for Mathematics be proposed? Will computers eventually take over the drudgery? Will this lecture make you worry?

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