The Meaning of "We" in Science and Mathematical Texts

I request a last indulgence from the reader. The introductory material, thus far, has been written in the friendly and confiding first person singular voice. Starting in the next paragraph, I will inhabit the first person plural for the duration of the mathematical expositions. This should not be construed as a “royal we.” It has been a construct of the community of mathematicians for centuries and it traditionally signifies two ideas: that “we” are all in consultation with each other through space and time, making use of each other’s insights and ideas to advance the ongoing human project of mathematics, and that “we”—the author and reader—are together following the sequences of logical ideas that lead to inexorable, and sometimes poetic, conclusions.


"We" refers to the collaborative effort of problem solving.

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 The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  College, William Goldbloom Bloch Associate Professor of Mathematics Wheaton (2008-07-28), The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel, Oxford University Press, Retrieved on 2013-10-11
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