What Are Mathematical Coincidences (and Why Does It Matter)

@inproceedings{Lange2010WhatAM,
  title={What Are Mathematical Coincidences (and Why Does It Matter)},
  author={Marc Lange},
  year={2010}
}
Although all mathematical truths are necessary, mathematicians take certain combinations of mathematical truths to be ‘coincidental’, ‘accidental’, or ‘fortuitous’. The notion of a ‘mathematical coincidence’ has so far failed to receive sufficient attention from philosophers. I argue that a mathematical coincidence is not merely an unforeseen or surprising mathematical result, and that being a misleading combination of mathematical facts is neither necessary nor sufficient for qualifying as a… CONTINUE READING

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