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.
So if you learned that some famous mathematician liked, say, Agatha Christie, you would take that as conclusive evidence that Agatha Christie has influenced mathematics?