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By David Epstein and Silvio Levy

Abstract

to try or test or to establish beyond doubt The English word “prove”—as its Old French and Latin ancestors—has two basic meanings: to try or test, and to establish beyond doubt. The first meaning is largely archaic, though it survives in technical expressions (printer’s proofs) and adages (the exception proves the rule, the proof of the pudding). That these two meanings could have coexisted for so long may seem strange to us mathematicians today, accustomed as we are to thinking of “proof ” as an unambiguou

Year: 2008
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