Gene Ward Smith wrote: > david petry wrote: > > > As I pointed out in the article, the best explanation I can find for > > why we have mysticism in mathematics is that it seems to validate the > > beliefs of the Kabbalists. > > Kabbalah (as opposed to the Cabal) has had zero effect on mathematics
I don't know why you think you can say that with such certainty. The point of the article is that a belief in a world of the infinite is not a culturally neutral idea, but it is part of the Kabbalistic culture. Also, Cantor's mathematical ideas were very strongly influenced by his religious beliefs, and those were mystical beliefs, and he grew up in a Jewish environment. That amounts to suggestive evidence that Kabbalah has influenced mathematics.