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Computer-Assisted Theorem Proving in Synthetic Geometry

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Geometric Constraint Systems Principles
Place of PublicationNew York, USA
PublisherChapman and Hall/CRC
Number of pages39
ISBN (Electronic)9781498738927
ISBN (Print)9781498738910
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018


Computer-assisted proof in mathematics has been underway since the pioneering times of computers in the 1950s. Starting from early systems with very limited capability, Computer-Assisted Theorem Proving has evolved to demonstrate theorems never proved before by humans [156] and assist with monumental efforts spanning several man-years [116]. In this endeavour, geometry plays an important part, just as it has throughout the history of mathematics. This is due to its pervasive role: it is a paradigmatic form of reasoning, with applications to education, mathematical and physical research, but also to many applied areas such as robotics, computer vision, and CAD [48]. Moreover, many of the search techniques and other algorithmic features developed for geometric reasoning have influenced other areas of artificial intelligence.

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