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The Resource Why Prove it Again? : Alternative Proofs in Mathematical Practice, by John W. Dawson, Jr, (electronic resource)
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 This monograph considers several wellknown mathematical theorems and asks the question, “Why prove it again?” 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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 eng
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 XI, 204 p. 54 illus.
 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 FirstOrder Languages
 Other Case Studies
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 9783319173689
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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
 Language
 eng
 Summary
 This monograph considers several wellknown mathematical theorems and asks the question, “Why prove it again?” 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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 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 FirstOrder Languages  Other Case Studies
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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 FirstOrder Languages  Other Case Studies
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 unknown
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 XI, 204 p. 54 illus.
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 9783319173689
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 computer
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 rdamedia
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 10.1007/9783319173689
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