Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical Discovery by John Worrall,Elie Zahar,Imre Lakatos

**Author:**John Worrall,Elie Zahar,Imre Lakatos**Title:**Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical Discovery**Size PDF ver:**1424 kb**Size ePUB ver:**1859 kb**Size Fb2 ver:**1648 kb**ISBN:**052121078X**ISBN13:**978-0521210782**Pages:**186**Other formats:**azw mbr mobi lit**Category:**Science & Math**Subcat:**Mathematics**Language:**English**Rating:**4.2 of 5**Votes:**842**Publisher:**Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 24, 1976)**Hardcover:**Here

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Proofs and Refutations is essential reading for all those interested in the methodology, the philosophy and the history of mathematics. Much of the book takes the form of a discussion between a teacher and his students. They propose various solutions to some mathematical problems and investigate the strengths and weaknesses of these solutions. Their discussion (which mirrors certain real developments in the history of mathematics) raises some philosophical problems and some problems about the nature of mathematical discovery or creativity. Imre Lakatos is concerned throughout to combat the classical picture of mathematical development as a steady accumulation of established truths. He shows that mathematics grows instead through a richer, more dramatic process of the successive improvement of creative hypotheses by attempts to 'prove' them and by criticism of these attempts: the logic of proofs and refutations.

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