# Understanding Proofs

# Understanding Proofs

In informal speech, ascriptions of mathematical understanding are typically clarified by spelling out the kinds of abilities an agent is assumed to possess. This chapter argues that such an approach is fruitful in scientific domains as well. The practice of formal verification, which involves the use of computers to check mathematical proofs, is one example. In particular, understanding ordinary mathematical proofs involves being able to recognize interesting classes of high-level inferences.

*Keywords:*
mathematical understanding, formal verification, informal speech, mathematical proofs, high-level inferences

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