John Cook writes about Jenga mathematics, his name for the sort of mathematics which is done by weakening the hypotheses of a theorem as much as possible while the theorem still remains true.

As he points out, "Taken to extremes, Jenga mathematics turns theorems inside-out and proofs become hypotheses". This is an interesting way to look at it, and perhaps explains why it is difficult to read such theorems.

## 11 May 2008

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Of course, the underpinnings of this style are laid bare in

Proofs & Refutations, as slowly the original proof becomes the hypotheses of the revised proof.Post a Comment