[FOM] Reaction to Hesseling's "Gnomes in the Fog"?

billy hudson billyhudson at mail.boisestate.edu
Wed May 26 22:24:16 EDT 2004

Bob Knighten wrote:

I've seen the following announcement which I find interesting, but have not
been able to learn anything more about the book.  Does anyone on the FOM
mailing list know the book and have a reaction?

Gnomes in the Fog
The Reception of Brouwer's Intuitionism in the 1920s

Dennis Hesseling

The significance of foundational debate in mathematics that took place in
the 1920s seems to have been recognized only in circles of mathematicians
and philosophers. A period in the history of mathematics when mathematics
and philosophy, usually so far away from each other, seemed to meet. The
foundational debate is presented with all its brilliant contributions and
its shortcomings, its new ideas and its misunderstandings.

447 pp., Hardcover ISBN 3-7643-6536-6
published 01/12/2004
Price: $139.00
Published by: Birkhauser

Thank you,

billy writes:

Dr. Edward Nelson has posted a review of this book (to appear in the
Bulletin of the AMS) at:


By the way, the book is currently being sold at a 32% discount (~$95) at


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