On the Depth of Szemeredi's Theorem

Philosophia Mathematica 23 (2):163-176 (2015)
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Many mathematicians have cited depth as an important value in their research. However, there is no single widely accepted account of mathematical depth. This article is an attempt to bridge this gap. The strategy is to begin with a discussion of Szemer├ędi's theorem, which says that each subset of the natural numbers that is sufficiently dense contains an arithmetical progression of arbitrary length. This theorem has been judged deep by many mathematicians, and so makes for a good case on which to focus in analyzing mathematical depth. After introducing the theorem, four accounts of mathematical depth will be considered
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