The Ideal Mathematician by Phillip J. David & Reuben Hersh (1981?)

Hersh is important, and sympathises with Lakoff/Nunez and Lakatos.

This very humorous paper gives imagined dialogues between a mathematician and various outsiders to criticise the lack of interest in outside engagement.

Mathematicians know that they are studying an objective reality. To an outsider, they seem to b e engaged in an esoteric communion with themselves and a small clique of friends. How could we as mathematicians prove to a skeptical outsider that our theorems have meaning in the world outside our own fraternity?

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