Proof?! (a polyhedral screenplay)

by Dan Radin

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“Proof?!” is a play
adapted from the book, “Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical
Discovery,” by Imre Lakatos. The setting is a classroom. Students and teacher
are attempting to prove Euler’s theorem of polyhedra. As they get deeper and
deeper into this task, they find more questions than answers. The more they
learn, the more they realize how little they know. They begin to question basic
concepts such as the definition of “proof” and the very definition of
“definition”. They debate the philosophical underpinning of mathematics
itself. Does mathematics come from the human mind or was it already out there
waiting to be discovered? How can we be sure there is any real order inherent
in the Universe? Where does mathematical progress come from? Logical
deduction? Observation? Inspiration?**

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