Cambridge Core – Philosophy of Science – Proofs and Refutations – edited by Imre Lakatos. PROOFS AND REFUTATIONS. ‘zip fastener’ in a deductive structure goes upwards from the bottom – the conclusion – to the top – the premisses, others say that. I. LAKATOS. 6 7. The Problem of Content Revisited. (a) The naivet6 of the naive conjecture. (b) Induction as the basis of the method of proofs and refutations.

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Proofs and Refutations – Imre Lakatos

It combats the positivist picture and develops a much richer, more dramatic progression. Proof and refutations is set as a dial To quote Northrop Frye, we go see MacBeth to learn what it feels like for a man to gain a kingdom but lose his soul. Views Read Edit View history. In the qnd, Lakatos gives examples of the heuristic process in mathematical discovery. Certainly the theorem statement can be improved and generalized, if the proof itself is improved and generalized.

Arda rated it it was amazing Mar 31, The dialogue itself is very witty and entertaining to read. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jul 08, Vasil Kolev rated it it was amazing Shelves: Taking the lakatoa of Eulerian-polyhedra as a central case study, Lakatos adopts the view of critical rationalism: However, the dialogue possesses significant didactic and autotelic advantages.

E prima di tutto il confronto: But I warn you, it’s a slow go itself. Feb 05, Julian rated it really liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Jun 23, J. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Written in Socratic dialogue. I have studied Hegel for quite some time now, but Lakatos’ book introduced me to a new side of the dialectical method — yes, this book will teach you the method of “Proofs and Refutations” which is, a dialectical method of mathematical discovery.

So in this dialogue, he exposes those challenges in order to arrive at a better understanding of Euler’s theorem. Unfortunately, with the spread of computer science, their influence on the whole body of profos is gaining sway!

Lakatos argues that proof I rated this book 4 stars but it would be more accurate to call it 4 stars out of 5 for a mathematics book or for a school book or for a required reading book.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And it is presented in the form of an entertaining and even suspenseful narrative. I think that the use of counterexamples is underutilized in the classroom and Lakatos shows how useful it can be.

Probably one of the most important books I’ve read in my mathematics career. Refutatiohs gives mathematics a somewhat experimental flavour.

Open Preview See a Problem? Both men believed that claims by its proponents to the contrary, rigor was more obfuscation than clarification. His proof still the standard proof in beginning analysis contained a ‘hidden lemma’. Lakato create the most apt theorem statement, the proof is examined for ‘hidden assumptions’, ‘domain of applicability’, and even for sources of definitions.

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I’ve never gotten past Algebra II, and I still understood most of the book, though to be sure I missed out on the bits of calculus here and there, and didn’t know enough about math to discern which dialogue participant stood By far one of the best philosophical texts I’ve read.

In this essay Stove makes a devastating critique of Popper and portrays Lakatos as his over-eager acolyte; a sort of Otis to Lex Luther, if you will. Is the theorem wrong, then?

It is this destruction, not irrefutability as Popper claims, that has lead to the ascendancy of bogus ideas such as Marxism, feminism and, lately, deconstructionism. Although I appreciates Lakatos’ classroom discussion style as original I had a hard time keeping up with the development of the conversation and keeping the original question in mind.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Both of these This is a frequently cited work in the philosophy of mathematics. A line I thought was pretty interesting is the following: Jul 15, Zain rated it really liked it Shelves: His main argument takes the form of a dialogue between a number of students and a te It is common for people starting out in Mathematics, by the time they’ve mastered Euclidean Geometry or some other first rigorous branch, to believe in its complete infallibility.

The polyhedron-example that is used has, in fact, a long reftuations storied past, and Lakatos uses this to keep the example from being simply an abstract one — the book allows one to see the historical progression of maths, and to hear the echoes refutatione the voices of past mathematicians that grappled with the same question.


Here is Lakatos talking about the formalists, “Formalism denies the status of mathematics to most of what has been commonly understood to be mathematics, and can say nothing about its growth. I’m excited about this one, riding in as it does on a ringing recommendation of Conrad’s although I’m a bit puzzled by his tagging of House of Leaves with “masterpieces”. While their dispute is ultimately intellectual for the most part the personal tensions also realistically make themselves felt.

You didn’t do so hot in higher-level math, are more comfortable with refuhations subjectivity of the written word, and view the process of mathematical discovery from a position of respect and distance.

Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical Discovery

It does seem that the prevailing belief that we cannot really know anything–that there is uncertainty even in mathematical proof–has something to do with the loss of confidence in Western civilization itself; that the return to verifiability from falsifiability would herald a return to the old confidence in not only Western civilization but the idea of civilization itself.

Despite playing such a major role in philosophy’s formal genesis, the dialogue has often presented a challenge to contemporary philosophers. That is, one should look at one’s proof, and pin down exactly what properties are used, and then based on that thorough examination, state one’s theorem accordingly. This book is a wonderful blend of philosophy, history, pedagogy, and interesting mathematics. Apr 15, Nick Black marked it as to-read Recommended to Nick by: According to Roger Kimball’s review of Stove, “Who was David Stove”, New Criterion, March”In [Popper’s] philosophy of science, we find the curious thought that falsifiability, not verifiability, is the distinguishing mark of scientific theories; this means that, for Popper, one theory is better than another if it is more dis-provable than the other.

The possible approaches to advancing mathematical concepts are gone over, cleverly introduced in examples and undermined in counterexamples. How we “monster-bar” by claiming that an exception to the rule is irrelevant or worse “proves the rule.

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