The Resource Why Prove it Again? : Alternative Proofs in Mathematical Practice, by John W. Dawson, Jr, (electronic resource)

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Why Prove it Again? : Alternative Proofs in Mathematical Practice
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Why Prove it Again?
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Alternative Proofs in Mathematical Practice
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by John W. Dawson, Jr
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eng
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This monograph considers several well-known mathematical theorems and asks the question, zWhy prove it again?y while examining alternative proofs. It explores the different rationales mathematicians may have for pursuing and presenting new proofs of previously established results, as well as how they judge whether two proofs of a given result are different. While a number of books have examined alternative proofs of individual theorems, this is the first that presents comparative case studies of other methods for a variety of different theorems. The author begins by laying out the criteria for distinguishing among proofs and enumerates reasons why new proofs have, for so long, played a prominent role in mathematical practice. He then outlines various purposes that alternative proofs may serve. Each chapter that follows provides a detailed case study of alternative proofs for particular theorems, including the Pythagorean Theorem, the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic, Desargues' Theorem, the Prime Number Theorem, and the proof of the irreducibility of cyclotomic polynomials. Why Prove It Again? will appeal to a broad range of readers, including historians and philosophers of mathematics, students, and practicing mathematicians. Additionally, teachers will find it to be a useful source of alternative methods of presenting material to their students
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Dawson, Jr., John W
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Why Prove it Again? : Alternative Proofs in Mathematical Practice, by John W. Dawson, Jr, (electronic resource)
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Proofs in Mathematical Practice -- Motives for Finding Alternative Proofs -- Sums of Integers -- Quadratic Surds -- The Pythagorean Theorem -- The Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic -- The Infinitude of the Primes -- The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra -- Desargues's Theorem -- The Prime Number Theorem -- The Irreducibility of the Cyclotomic Polynomials -- The Compactness of First-Order Languages -- Other Case Studies
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978-3-319-17368-9
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XI, 204 p. 54 illus.
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Use of this electronic resource may be governed by a license agreement which restricts use to the European University Institute community. Each user is responsible for limiting use to individual, non-commercial purposes, without systematically downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions of information, provided that all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials are retained. The use of software, including scripts, agents, or robots, is generally prohibited and may result in the loss of access to these resources for the entire European University Institute community
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9783319173689
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10.1007/978-3-319-17368-9
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(OCoLC)921673822
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Why Prove it Again? : Alternative Proofs in Mathematical Practice, by John W. Dawson, Jr, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
mixed
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online resource
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• cr
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rdacarrier.
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text
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• txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
Proofs in Mathematical Practice -- Motives for Finding Alternative Proofs -- Sums of Integers -- Quadratic Surds -- The Pythagorean Theorem -- The Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic -- The Infinitude of the Primes -- The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra -- Desargues's Theorem -- The Prime Number Theorem -- The Irreducibility of the Cyclotomic Polynomials -- The Compactness of First-Order Languages -- Other Case Studies
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978-3-319-17368-9
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unknown
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XI, 204 p. 54 illus.
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multiple file formats
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electronic
Governing access note
Use of this electronic resource may be governed by a license agreement which restricts use to the European University Institute community. Each user is responsible for limiting use to individual, non-commercial purposes, without systematically downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions of information, provided that all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials are retained. The use of software, including scripts, agents, or robots, is generally prohibited and may result in the loss of access to these resources for the entire European University Institute community
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9783319173689
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uncompressed
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computer
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rdamedia.
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• c
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10.1007/978-3-319-17368-9
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online resource.
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absent
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access
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)921673822