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Skepticism, mysticism, Jewish mathematics
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Aug 7, 2006 1:30 AM




Re: Skepticism, mysticism, Jewish mathematics
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Jul 26, 2006 6:50 PM


david petry wrote: > 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. >
What exactly are the mystical elements of the Lutheran religion, and how do they relate to the mathematical concept of infinity?
Patricia



