Monthly Archives: June 2014

What is a mathematical proof?

The answer is… much simpler than one might think. A mathematical proof is just a set of steps that only produce true statements given the premises. “Huh?” Well, when you want to prove something mathematically, you start with a few … Continue reading

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Talking to laypeople (or the inference gap)

Einstein once famously said that if you can’t explain it to your grandmother then you don’t understand it yourself. I’m too lazy to look it up but I’m pretty sure that when he said that he was talking about how … Continue reading

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