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This article reviews the history of the use of computers to automate mathematical proofs. It identifies three broad strands of work: automatic theorem proving where the aim is to simulate human processes of deduction; automatic theorem proving where any resemblance to how humans deduce is considered to be irrelevant; and interactive theorem proving, where the proof is directly guided by a human being. The first strand has been underpinned by com-~itment to the goal of artificial intelligence;doi:10.1109/85.397057 fatcat:rcaohi4jafaoxivpjmdqmhsqtq