In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Lester Zick <DontBother@nowhere.net> wrote:
> It is one of the quirks of moderm mathematics that the meaning of > "definition" has been converted to "arbitrary assertion" or "fiat" > solely in order to validate assumptions of truth without coming right > out and saying so.
Not in standard mathematics. If it is so in the sort of mathematics Zilch does, then his sort is definitely substandard.
In standard mathematics, definitions are no more than abbreviations, so that anything said using a definition could, in theory, be said without it, though at greater length, and often less comprehensibility