Mathproof Lecture - Mathematical Proof and Demonstrations...

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Mathematical Proof and Demonstrations What counts as a demonstration of a mathematical proof has changed over time. e.g. The proof of Pythagoras’s Theorem can be demonstrated to all practicing mathematicians The Proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem is only understood by a very small number of mathematicians e.g. computer proof as in the 4-color Theorem
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Unformatted text preview: VG 2 Mathematics has a history and can be practiced in different ways in different cultures e.g. irrational numbers not permitted by the Greeks (Hippasus put to death by Pythagoras) Zero accepted as a number in its own right by sixth century Indian mathematicians Yoruba of Africa count in a mixture of base five, ten and twenty...
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  • Spring '06
  • PINCH,T.
  • Pythagorean Theorem, Mathematical proof, Hippasus, 4-color Theorem VG, Indian mathematicians Yoruba

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