Towards a Philosophy of Real Mathematics


Towards a Philosophy of Real Mathematics

David Corfield provides a variety of innovative approaches to research in the philosophy of mathematics. His study ranges from an exploration of whether computers producing mathematical proofs or conjectures are doing real mathematics to the use of analogy; the prospects for a Bayesian confirmation theory; the notion of a mathematical research program; and the ways in which new concepts are justified. This highly original book will challenge philosophers as well as mathematicians to develop the broadest and most complete philosophical resources for research in their disciplines.


 Reviews:

"...this is a fine book. Recommended." Choice

"This is an important book that I would recommend to anybody interested in practice-oriented philosophy of mathematics." Mathematical Reviews

"...Corfield's book can be greeted as a welcome addition to an emerging discussion." MAA Reviews, Dennis Lomas

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