FOM: Leibniz and infinitesimals
wtait at ix.netcom.com
Thu Nov 13 10:23:33 EST 1997
In describing Leibniz's attitude towards infinitesimals, David Ross is
right that the term `dispensible'is misleading and should have been
prefaced by `in principle'.
However, Cantor seems to have been wrong in attributing the introduction
of infinitesimals as something other than an instrument for computation
(and perhaps discovery) to Thomae. It seems that the Bernoulli brothers
accepted them as genuine objects. So my remark about support for
infinitesimals was illconsidered.
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