FOM: Mathematics, logic and the rational

Doug McKay mckay003 at
Wed Jul 29 04:43:02 EDT 1998

A few recent comments seem to suggest that many contemporary mathematicians
don't feel the need to bow to logic. How can that be? Isn't mathematics the
principle example of rationality? Or has it become a "here a miracle
happens" sort of endevour? How can you sidestep logic and call yourself a
mathematician? The mind boggles.

If mathematics isn't a "rationally coherent structure" then what is it?

Doug McKay
In Minnesota

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