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The Philosophy of Mathematical Practice$
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Paolo Mancosu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296453

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296453.001.0001

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Computers in Mathematical Inquiry

Computers in Mathematical Inquiry

(p.302) 11 Computers in Mathematical Inquiry
The Philosophy of Mathematical Practice

Jeremy Avigad

Oxford University Press

The use of computers in mathematics raises a number of questions of a generally epistemological character. This chapter surveys the ways in which computers are used in mathematics, clarifies some of the questions that arise, and assesses the philosophical methods that may be brought to bear. In particular, it explores the sense in which computational methods provide ‘evidence’ for mathematical assertions, as well as mathematical ‘understanding’.

Keywords:   mathematical evidence, mathematical understanding, computers, computational methods, evidence

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