Peer Review and Knowledge by Testimony in Mathematics

Bart Van Kerkhove, Benedikt Löwe

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The peer review process has been the topic of many studies in the medical sciences, but not so in mathematics. Given that mathemati- cians refer to results from the literature without checking the proofs in detail, it is interesting to see how the mathematical refereeing process affects the epistemic certainty of this type of mathematical knowledge by testimony. We give a description of the mathematical refereeing process and some results of empirical studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhilosophy of Mathematics: Sociological Aspects and Mathematical Practice
EditorsBenedikt Löwe, John Symons)
PublisherCollege Publications
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978-1-904987-95-6
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameTexts in Philosophy 11

Bibliographical note

Benedikt Löwe and Thomas Müller (series: Vincent F. Hendricks and John Symons)


  • peer review
  • mathematics


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