[FOM] Concerning Ultrafinitism
T.Forster at dpmms.cam.ac.uk
Sat Nov 4 15:15:49 EST 2006
I've often thought that Borges was a mathematician manqu\'e. He even has
his own version of the Liar Paradox.
"In Sumatra, someone wishes to receive a doctorate in Prophecy. The
master seer who administers his exam asks if he will fail or pass. The
candidate replies that he will fail.."
Review of Kasner & Newman *Mathematics and the Imagination* (1940)
Can anyone in this list tell us how much Mathematics Borges actually
On Fri, 3 Nov
2006, Mirco Mannucci wrote:
> --Hay un concepto que es el corruptor y el desatinador de los otros. No
> hablo del Mal, cuyo limitado imperio es la Etica; hablo del infinito--
> (There is a concept which corrupts and upsets all others. I refer not to
> Evil,whose limited realm is that of Ethics; I refer to the infinite)
> Jorge Luis Borges
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