Barb Knox wrote: > > Consider that calculus too started out as a half-baked 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.
The presently accepted foundations of the calculus still does not resolve Zeno's paradoxes. These foundations have been challenged and new foundations have been proposed. See Sec. 4 of <http://arxiv.org/abs/math.LO/0506475>. The failure of the academic community to respond to this work still seems completely inexplicable to me.
The prroblem with academics today is not that it is dominated by any particular race or clan. The problem is that institutionalization of research has led to systematic suppression of dissent. And from my own perspective, it looks to me like protecting turf has at some stage become more important than honesty, ethics and the true spirit of enquiry that research is all about. When professionals in a field of research fail to acknowledge significant new work in their own field just because it happens to represent dissent, then they are as much politicians as they are researchers. And there is something seriously wrong with that.