Formalized Mathematics

John Harrison

13th August 1996

It is generally accepted that in principle it's possible to formalize completely almost all of present-day mathematics. The practicability of actually doing so is widely doubted, as is the value of the result. But in the computer age we believe that such formalization is possible and desirable. In contrast to the QED Manifesto however, we do not offer polemics in support of such a project. We merely try to place the formalization of mathematics in its historical perspective, as well as looking at existing praxis and identifying what we regard as the most interesting issues, theoretical and practical.

  1. History and Philosophy
  2. Formalizing mathematics
  3. Practical issues
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Glossary
  6. Bibliography

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