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Re: Skepticism, mysticism, Jewish mathematics
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Jul 30, 2006 6:00 PM


Everyone knows that mathematics is no longer an exact science. Mysticism is even more of a conundrum. "Everyone knows the speed of light" Can anyone tell us the speed of dark?
"Barb Knox" <see@sig.below> wrote in message news:seeFF2685.09580631072006@lust.ihug.co.nz... > In article <1154289964.749323.306020@m73g2000cwd.googlegroups.com>, > Han.deBruijn@DTO.TUDelft.NL wrote: > >> david petry wrote: >> >> > 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. >> >> Affirmative: >> >> http://pirate.shu.edu/~wachsmut/ira/history/cantor.html >> >> Quote: >> >> Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor was born in St. Petersburg, >> Russia, on March 3, 1845. Georg's background was very diverse. >> His father was a Danish _Jewish merchant_ that had converted to >> Protestantism while his mother was a Danish Roman Catholic. >> >> Underline by me: _Jewish merchant_. I think the "merchant" is equally >> important as the "Jewish". Perhaps the "Jewish" has lead to Cantor's >> preoccupation with the infinite, but the "merchant" has lead Cantor to >> his believe that the whole world is a set and nothing but a set. Read >> "The Political Economy of Sets": >> >> http://groups.google.nl/group/sci.math/msg/19e5174536f49c32?hl=en& >> >> Han de Bruijn > > The opening paragraph of that shows considerable ignorance of the actual > history of mathematics (and misrepresenting History is a sin for a > Marxist, no?)  > >> Virtually any kind of Modern Math is based upon Set Theory. Despite >> the fact that ST suffered from (Russell's) paradoxes from the very >> beginning. This would have assassinated any other kind of >> mathematical theory. It is remarkable that Set Theory survived its >> shortcomings in the first place. Big surprise; it even became the >> foundation "par exellance" whereupon Modern Mathematics is based. > > Consider that calculus too started out as a halfbaked theory laden with > paradoxes, and that one of the great mathematical achievements was to > put it on a rigourous footing. And indeed, set theory was one of the > important tools in that enterprise.



