Talk about formalisation at the GSS

Yesterday, I gave a talk at the CMU Graduate Student Seminar entitled Formalisation or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Computer.

Abstract: What distinguishes mathematics from the empirical sciences is that we prove stuff with complete certainty. Ha, just kidding! If you look at the mathematical literature in a bit more detail, you’ll see a body of work littered with errors, omissions, disagreements, leaps of faith, appeals to intuition and duplicated efforts. In this talk, I will describe some ongoing efforts to use computers to help us overcome these problems, including work currently being done right here in our beloved Steel City. Prerequisites: nothing but an open mind and a hungry stomach.

Slides: available here.

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