On Sat, 22 Jul 2006 19:45:24 -0600, Virgil <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>In article <email@example.com>, > Lester Zick <DontBother@nowhere.net> wrote: > >> On Sat, 22 Jul 2006 16:23:32 -0500, "Robert J. Kolker" >> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >> >> >Virgil wrote: >> > >> > >> >> It is precisely Zick's problem if he is trying to convince anyone else >> >> that he has anything worthwhile to say. >> >> >> >> And if he does not wish that, why so prolix? >> > >> >He is a bullshit artist and you are feeding his trollery. >> >> Whereas Bob is too smart by half because he seriously believes >> mathematics is only useful for tool and die design and not for >> discovering what's true and false. > >Whereas pure math is a set of games, whose starting positions are axiom >sets, whose legal moves are those of formal logic, and whose successful >play is to generate and prove from those axioms as much as one can.
So math is either trivial pursuit or tool and die design but not the discovery of what's true? Whatever.