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[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / B. Foundations for Mathematics / 2. Proof in Mathematics]

Full Idea

I'm tempted to say that mathematics is so rich that there are indefinitely many ways to prove anything - verbal/symbolic derivations and pictures are just two.

Gist of Idea

There is no limit to how many ways something can be proved in mathematics


James Robert Brown (Philosophy of Mathematics [1999], Ch. 9)

Book Reference

Brown,James Robert: 'Philosophy of Mathematics' [Routledge 2002], p.130

A Reaction

Brown has been defending pictures as a form of proof. I wonder how long his list would be, if we challenged him to give more details? Some people have very low standards of proof.