
Re: [HM] Language of Discovery
Posted:
Feb 26, 2001 10:31 AM


On Sun, 25 Feb 2001, Gordon Fisher wrote:
> I guess most mathematicians, in our current usages of the term, > don't give much of a hoot about the ontological status of numbers or > the nature of the existence of mathematical objects and processes,...
This is, of course, quite true, as a sociological observation, but hardly has much relevance, as there are plenty of mathematicians that do.
However, to make noises of any value about these matters nowadays really requires a considerable education in mathematical logic, and probably less than 5% of professional mathematicians have had such an education. Those who have are usually decidedly more dubious about the nature of mathematical existence than those who haven't!
John Conway

