A central feature of mathematics is proof. This is not so much apparent at school – where learning a variety of concepts and techniques, problem solving, and getting answers (right or wrong!) and qualifications are rightly the main emphasis. But in study beyond school, proofs, and methods for construction and evaluation of proofs, are as characteristic of mathematics as experiments are in the natural sciences. We’ll survey a range of examples of proofs (good and bad) – both historical and modern, including proofs generated (or checked) by computer.
This next episode is on Tuesday 25th February.