Peer review and knowledge by testimony in mathematics
Christian Geist, Benedikt Löwe, Bart Van Kerkhove
Abstract:
The peer review process has been the topic of many studies in the
medical sciences, but not so in mathematics. Given that mathematicians
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.