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Beauty as Fit: An Empirical Study of Mathematical Proofs
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology. Umeå University, Umeå School of Education (USE).
2012 (English)In: Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics / [ed] C. Smith, 2012, 156-160 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Beauty has been discussed since ancient times, but discussions of beautywithin mathematics education are relatively limited. This lack ofdiscussion is surprising given the importance of beauty within the practiceof mathematics. This study explores one particular metaphor of beauty,that of beauty as fit, as a way to distinguish between proofs that areconsidered beautiful and those that are not. Several examples areexamined, supported by empirical data of mathematicians andmathematics educators who judged and ranked different proofs in aseminar on mathematical beauty.

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2012. 156-160 p.
Keyword [en]
Mathematics education, proof, beauty, aesthetics, fit
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-66385OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-66385DiVA: diva2:606428
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Day Conference, Cambridge, 17 November
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Karriärbidrag from Umeå University
Available from: 2013-02-19 Created: 2013-02-19 Last updated: 2015-01-20Bibliographically approved

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