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Mathematical Logic and Proof

Mathematical Logic and Proof

Mathematics is really about proving general statements via arguments, usually called proofs. We start with some given conditions, the premises of our argument, and from these we find a consequence of interest, our conclusion. The problem is, as you no doubt know from arguing with friends, not all arguments are good arguments. A “bad” argument is one in which the conclusion does not follow from the premises, i.e., the...

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