Quote:
Bart: A mathematical problem that defied solution for hundreds of years has finally yielded to a supercomputer. The process by which the supercomputer derived the result is so complex, however, that no one can fully comprehend it. Consequently, the result is unacceptable.
Anne: In scientific research if the results of a test can be replicated in other tests, the results are acceptable even though the way they were derived might not be fully understood. Therefore, if a mathematical result derived by a supercomputer can be reproduced by other supercomputers following the same procedure, it is acceptable.
The exchange between Bart and Anne most strongly supports the view that they disagree as to
(A) whether a scientific result that has not been replicated can properly be accepted
(B) whether the result that a supercomputer derives for a mathematical problem must b replicated on another supercomputer before it can be accepted
(C) the criterion to be used for accepting a mathematical result derived by a supercomputer
(D) the level of complexity of the process to which Bart refers in his statements
(E) the relative complexity of mathematical problems as compared to scientific problems
ARGUMENT
[p] supercomputer returns a solution to a complex math problem;
[p] no one can fully comprehend this solution;
[c] thus, this solution is unacceptable;
[xp] if the solution to a scientific problem can be replicated, then it is acceptable;
[xc] thus, since other supercomputers have solved the same math problem, is it acceptable.
DISAGREEMENT
Ans (C) the main disagreement is that deriving the result of a math problem is not the as deriving and accepting the result of a scientific problem - one is not applicable to the other.