On 15 Jul., 16:35, "dilettante" <n...@nonono.no> wrote:
> I'll concede though, that mathematics > is a social activity, and the opinons and tastes of certain people carry > extra weight in determing its development.
In mathematics there is no appeal to authority because it is clear what is true and what is false. Only after Cantor had introduced matheology, taste, feeling and authority became more important than mathematical skills. I think, just in order to veil that drawback, mathelogians introduced "strict formalism", such that their religious beliefs appear "scientific" to newcomers.