Mathematical Justification as Non-Conceptualized Practice: the Babylonian Example

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    Close analysis of Old Babylonian texts shows that they are not deprived of mathematical argument, but that this argument aims at creating understanding and conceptual coherence rather than being deductive in nature; however, the exts also reveal the presence of second-level "crituque" of techniques and concepts, though not in the central role it occupies in Greek mathematics
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHPM 2004 : History and Pedagogy of Mathematics. Fourth Summer University History and Epistemology of Mathematics, ICME 10 Satellite Meeting, Uppsala July 12-17, 2004. Proceedings
    Place of PublicationUppsala
    PublisherUppsala Universitet
    Publication date2004
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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