[FOM] Infinity and the "Noble Lie"
obua at in.tum.de
Fri Dec 9 07:19:59 EST 2005
>I am one of those errant mathematicians who happen to not only believe
>that the Axiom of Infinity does not make proper sense, but worse, that
>the wholescale adoption and uncritical acceptance of this kind of
>dubious reasoning has not done mathematics any good at all.
>Mathematics would be much better served by people restricting themselves
>to talking about things which actually make mathematical sense, as
>opposed to things which perhaps make grammatical sense. Show me an
>infinite set, either in mathematics, or in physics! And I`ll show you
>some unsubstantiated claims.
I think this whole discussion is doomed. Let me say some final words:
The only thing that needs to be finite is your argumentation to convince
me of a theorem. For the rest there is no limit.
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