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Loving and Hating Mathematics by Reuben Hersh, Vera John-Steiner

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Mathematical Culture

Mathematicians constitute a community with a long, rich history. They recognize each other as fellow members of that community. What is the culture of mathematics and of the mathematical community?

This question seems to have been seldom asked and little studied. The American topologist Raymond Wilder was one outstanding contributor to this subject. In this chapter, we attempt to continue his work and highlight some salient features of mathematical culture.

When Paul Halmos was asked, “What is mathematics?” He answered, “It is security. Certainty. Truth. Beauty. Insight. Structure. Architecture.”1 Most mathematicians agree with Halmos and treat the aesthetic components of discovery and proof as a source of joy. Others ...

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