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The Mathematics Enthusiast

Volume

4

Issue

2

Abstract

This paper begins with a review of the collection 18 Unconventional Essays on the Nature of Mathematics edited by Hersh (2006). Inspired especially by the contribution by Thurston to that collection, I then go on to discuss, by means of a couple of thought experiments involving computer "oracles", the nature of mathematics as a human activity, hopefully providing some balance to the simplified view (sometimes held by research mathematicians such as myself) of the discipline as purely a quest for objective truth.

First Page

140

Last Page

153

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