
Re: 0 The Empty Number; its purpose is to set bases
Posted:
Sep 22, 2017 11:31 AM


Conway brought next idea : > What?...are you saying value is separate from space?
Yes, a value is a mental construct distinct from anything 'real' which may or may not possess that value. Numbers are in the mind whether gleaned from outside relations (discovered) or simply 'made up' to help us calculate results (invented). There are two schools of thought just about equally spread throughout the minds of mathematicians. The question which best describes this notion is "Is mathematics invented, or discovered?" very respected mathematicians can be found ascribing to each of these notions.
IMO it is best to divorce oneself from the notion that reality has anything to do with mathematics aside from the obvious fact that the current model seems to describe reality quite accurately.

