COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics
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Mathematics Colloquium: The Role of Philosophy in Proof: Euclids Proof of Proposition One



Martin Flashman

It is widely believed that logic is at the heart of proof in mathematics. Professor Flashman suggests that students might be better served with an alternative view that connects notions of proof with philosophical discussions related to ontology and epistemology. Euclids proof of Proposition 1 in his Elements, Book I, will be offered as a primary example to illustrate some possible changes in focus.

Join us for refreshments at 3:30pm in Neill 216 (Hacker Lounge)