Having criticized the analogies between mathematical proofs and narrative fiction in 2000 and between mathematics and playing abstract games in 2008, I want to put forward an analogy of my own for criticism. It is between how the mathematical community accepts a new result put forward by a mathematician and the proceedings of a law court trying a civil suit leading to a verdict. Because it is only an analogy, I do not attempt to draw any philosophical conclusions from it.


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  1. 1.St John’s College and Department of MathematicsUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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