[FOM] Paul Cohen was wrong
S. S. Kutateladze
sskut at math.nsc.ru
Fri Sep 9 18:02:27 EDT 2011
Monroe Eskew <meskew at math.uci.edu> wrote :
Consider the following quote from Paul Cohen's book, Set Theory and
the Continuum Hypothesis:
<<"A point of view which the author [Cohen] feels may eventually come
to be accepted is that CH is obviously false....
But his argument is self-defeating!..
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Cohen explained himself in more detail in "The Discovery of Forcing," Rocky Mount. J.
Math. 12:4(2002), 1071-1100.
He remarked in particular:
"Again, I must repeat that I do not take my own view completely
seriously, at least not to the extent of defending it at all costs.
For me it is the aesthetics which may very well be the final
arbiter."
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