FOM: What were Kronecker's f.o.m.?
walter.felscher at uni-tuebingen.de
Wed Feb 23 15:08:57 EST 2000
The following remark appeared on August 7 , 1998, on
historia-matematica at chasque.apc.org which may be a better
place to ask about purely historical matters.
Die natu"rlichen Zahlen hat der liebe Gott gemacht, alles
andere ist Menschenwerk.
This dictum is said to have been made by Kronecker in 1886 at
the Berlin meeting of the "Vereinigung deutscher Naturforscher
und A"rzte". As such it is quoted by Heinrich Weber on p.19 of
his memorial article "Leopold Kronecker", Jahresber. DMV 2
(1892) 25-31 .
Kronecker's published articles do not contain a
formulation even distantly related to this dictum.
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