FOM: What were Kronecker's f.o.m.?

Peter Schuster pschust at
Wed Feb 23 11:19:53 EST 2000

In view of the purpose of f.o.m. recently recalled by 
Stephen Simpson, let me freely quote Leopold Kronecker's 
well-known dictum (reference unknown):

    "Gott hat die Zahlen gemacht, alles andere ist Menschenwerk." 
    ["God made the numbers, everything else is made by men."] 

It is rather tempting to conclude that in Kronecker's eyes the 
(rational) numbers were the only foundations of mathematics. 

Name: Peter M. Schuster
Position: Wissenschaftlicher Assistent
Instituition: University of Munich, Mathematics Department
Research interest: constructive mathematics

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