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### Experimental Mathematics, with Computer-Aided Discovery and
Verification

*A Byrne seminar*

Stephen
J. Greenfield (Mathematics)

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Mathematics has a reputation as a deductive intellectual
enterprise. However, almost all of its practitioners have reasoned
inductively, going from special examples to more general examples and
then to abstract results. Over the last few centuries, such
experiments have become less accessible to amateurs as the structure
of the subject, and the computations needed, have become more
intricate. Enter experimental mathematics: the introduction and
accessibility of fast and easily used symbolic, numerical, and
graphical computational environments. This seminar will explore
experimental mathematics and how new environments, such as Maple and
Mathematica, enable almost everyone to experiment with and discover
new mathematics.
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