FOM: What were Kronecker's f.o.m.?
pschust at rz.mathematik.uni-muenchen.de
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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