A proof is a mathematical statement which has been demonstrated
to the satisfaction of enough mathematicians of repute normally
using the standard methods of mathematical logic, deduction and
People will talk about axioms and rules of deduction, and say
that a proof consists of (effectively) a web of statements, each
of which is either an axiom, or the result of applying a rule of
deduction/derivation from earlier statements.
Well, perhaps, in theory, yes.
In practice, that's not how it works. It's much murkier.
Such a statement is then normally called a theorem.
Here is a list of pages on proofs:
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