Implications of Experimental Mathematics for the Philosophy of Mathematics

Borwein, Jonathan M. (2008) Implications of Experimental Mathematics for the Philosophy of Mathematics. In: Cover Image in Proof and Other Dilemmas: Mathematics and Philosophy. Bonnie Gold and Roger Simons Eds, MAA Spectrum Series, pp. 33-61.

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    Somewhat unusually, I can exactly place the day at registration that I became a mathematician and I recall the reason why. I was about to deposit my punch cards in the ‘honours history bin’. I remember thinking: "If I do study history, in ten years I shall have forgotten how to use the calculus properly. If I take mathematics, I shall still be able to read competently about the battle of Jena or the Papal schism" (Jonathan Borwein, 1968). The inescapable reality of mathematical knowledge is still with me. Suffice it to say that, nonetheless, my view of the edifice I was entering is not that close to my view of the one I inhabit nearly 40 years later.

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