A glance at the current issue of Prospect: Mathematical proof

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Computers make it possible for a mathematical proof to run as long as several thousand full-length novels combined. But human beings alone cannot verify such immense proofs. That, according to Ian Stewart, a professor of mathematics at Warwick University, in England, presents "a serious philosophical question" for mathematicians: "Can something be considered a proof if no human can verify it without a computer?"

 



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