herb z
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Re: Mathematics as a language
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Nov 4, 2010 2:43 AM


Daryl McCullough wrote: > herbzet says... > >Aatu Koskensilta wrote: > >> herbzet writes: > >> > Bill Taylor wrote: > >> > > >> >> Or whether the number 6 really exists. Does it? > >> > > >> > It *could* exist  therefore, mathematically, it *does* exist. > >> > >> This is a traditional and appealing idea. But just what is meant by > >> "could" here? What sort of possibility is involved? > > > >For rhetorical punch, I purposely left out the modifier, which is "logical". > > > >What logically could exist  that is, what is not inherently self > >contradictory  has mathematical existence. > > The problem with this is that there could be two different > mathematical objects, A and B, such that neither is inherently > selfcontradictory, but the existence of A contradicts the > existence of B. They can't, therefore, both exist.
Hard to answer in the absence of a concrete example.
Are you saying, perhaps, that Riemannian geometry precludes Euclidean geometry?
 hz

