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Fitting Feeling and Elegant Proofs: on the psychology of aesthetic evaluation in mathematics

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Fitting Feeling and Elegant Proofs : on the psychology of aesthetic evaluation in mathematics. / Todd, Cain Samuel.

In: Philosophia Mathematica, Vol. 26, No. 2, 01.06.2018, p. 211-233.

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