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Monday, June 28, 2010

Brightness at Noon (continued)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

See David Corfield,
"The Robustness of Mathematical Entities."

This is an abstract from a paper at a conference,
"From Practice to Results in Logic and Mathematics"
(June 21st-23rd, 2010, Archives Henri Poincaré,
University of Nancy (France)).

See also Corfield's post "Inevitability in Mathematics"
at the n-Category Café today. He links to an earlier
post, "Mathematical Robustness." From that post—

…let’s see what Michiel Hazewinkel has to say
 in his paper Niceness theorems:

It appears that many important mathematical objects
(including counterexamples) are unreasonably
nice, beautiful and elegant. They tend to have
(many) more (nice) properties and extra bits
of structure than one would a priori expect….

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