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Perspectives On Mathematical PracticesHow and Why Mathematics is Unique as a Social Practice

Perspectives On Mathematical Practices: How and Why Mathematics is Unique as a Social Practice [Difficulties are raised for views that explain consensus in mathematics using only sociological pressure. Mathematical proof is sociologically very peculiar, when compared to other socially constrained practices. A preliminary analysis of the factors that have been at work historically in the “benign fixation of mathematical practice” are then exhumed: dispositions, implicit applications, an implicit logic, all play a role.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Perspectives On Mathematical PracticesHow and Why Mathematics is Unique as a Social Practice

Part of the Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science Book Series (volume 5)
Editors: van Kerkhove, Bart; van Bendegem, Jean Paul

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007
ISBN
978-1-4020-5033-6
Pages
3 –23
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-5034-8_1
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Difficulties are raised for views that explain consensus in mathematics using only sociological pressure. Mathematical proof is sociologically very peculiar, when compared to other socially constrained practices. A preliminary analysis of the factors that have been at work historically in the “benign fixation of mathematical practice” are then exhumed: dispositions, implicit applications, an implicit logic, all play a role.]

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: Consensus; mathematical proof; socially-constructed objects; drift; mature mathematics; contemporary mathematics

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