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‘The End of Proof’? The integration of different mathematical cultures as experimental mathematics comes of age

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  • Henrik Kragh Sørensen

In this paper, the recent emergence of a professed “experimental” culture in mathematics during the past three decades is analysed based on an adaptation of Hans-Jörg Rheinberger’s notion of “experimental systems” that mesh into experimental cultures. In so doing, I approach the question of how distinct mathematical cultures can coexist and blend into a common understanding that allows for cultural convergence while preserving heterogeneity.

Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationTrends in the History of Science
EditorsBrendan Larvor
Number of pages22
PublisherBirkhäuser Verlag
Publication year2016
ISBN (print)978-3-319-28580-1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Research areas

  • Computer-assisted mathematics, Convergent cultures, Experimental mathematics, Experimental systems, Rheinberger

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