TITLE

Deus ex Machina and the Aesthetics of Proof

AUTHOR(S)
Cain, Alan J.
PUB. DATE
September 2010
SOURCE
Mathematical Intelligencer;Sep2010, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents the author's views on the unexpectedness and inevitability, two of the aesthetic qualities mathematician G. H. Hardy identified as being properties of beautiful proofs. It is argued that the literary concept of deus ex machina can be used to clarify the notion of inevitability in proof and reconcile it with unexpectedness. Deus ex machina refers to a type of plot device used to resolve a seemingly intractable situation.
ACCESSION #
53555946

 

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