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Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical Discovery (original 1976; edition 1976)

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Title:Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical Discovery
Info:Cambridge University Press (1976), Paperback, 186 pages
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Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical Discovery by Imre Lakatos (1976)


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Glimrende bog om den levende proces udviklingen af matematiske begreber er.
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Für mich eines der drei Hauptwerke der Wissenschaftstheorie neben "Wider den Methodenzwang" und "Entstehung und Entwicklung einer wissenschaftlichen Tatsache". ( )
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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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