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Topic:
Mathematics as discourse about form:
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Jan 2, 2013 11:04 AM




Re: Mathematics as discourse about form:
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Jan 1, 2013 11:04 AM


On Jan 1, 6:55 am, Zuhair <zaljo...@gmail.com> wrote: > Add a new primitive to the language of ZFC, > this primitive is the binary relation "exemplifies" denoted by > the infix dyadic symbol ~ > > Define: > > R is a form defining relation iff > R is an equivalence relation & > For all x. ~x=0 > For all s. Exist y. y R x & s in TC(y)
You are not giving the domains of symbols, nor using a consistent syntax first ~x=0 is not dyadic then y ~ $ which is but uses multiple punctuation characters in a row!?!?
?If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough?  Albert Einstein
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What is the difference between math and the other branches of science?
CB
> TC(y) refers to the 'transitive closure of y" > defined in the usual manner as the minimal > transitive superset of y. > > To the axioms of ZFC add the following axiom scheme: > > Forms: if R is a binary relation symbol, then > > [R is a form defining relation > > For all x. Exist! $: For all y (y ~ $ <> y R x)] > > is an axiom. > > Each $ here is said to be a form defined after R and x. > / > > Now the idea is that For any theory T if T can be > interpreted in ZFC+forms in a manner such that > each object in T is interpreted as some form in > ZFC+forms and all primitive relations of T are > interpreted by defined relations in ZFC+forms; > then T is a mathematical Theory. > > Example: Peano Arithmetic "PA" is interpretable in > in ZFC+forms by an interpretation where all objects > of PA are interpreted as forms each defined after > equivalence relation bijection and some set in > the following manner: > > Define (natural number): # is a natural number iff > (Exist x. x is finite & for all y. y ~ # <> y bijective to x) > > It is just straightforwards to interpret all primitive predicates of > PA by 'defined' relations in ZFC+forms. > > So PA is a mathematical Theory. > > This is what I paraphrase as "PA supplying a consistent > discourse about form". What I mean by "consistent discourse" > is being interpretable in a consistent extension of logic, > here ZFC+forms is the consistent extension of logic and > since PA is interpretable in it then it provides a consistent > discourse of its objects and since its objects are interpretable > as forms in ZFC+forms then PA is said to provide a consistent > discourse about form. Any theory that is so interpretable > in any consistent theory that can define forms is accordingly > said to be a theory that provides a consistent discourse > about form and thus it is "MATHEMATICAL". > > So roughly speaking this account views mathematics as being > about "Logic of Form". > > Paraconsistent (inconsistency tolerant) discourse might be > interesting if proves to be indispensable by the use > of consistent discourse, and thus theories supplying > paraconsistent discourse about form would be > designated also as MATHEMATICAL. Actually I tend to think > that any discourse about form other than the trivial discourse > of proving everything if proves indispensable by use of other kinds > of discourse, then it would be mathematical > > So Mathematics can be characterized as: > > Non trivial discourse about form. > > The difference between mathematics and science is that the later is > about establishing the TURE discourse about the objects it negotiates, > while mathematics is about supplying any NON TRIVIAL discourse about > the objects it negotiates (i.e. forms) whether that discourse is what > occurs in the real world (i.e. True) or whether it doesn't (fantasic). > Mathematics supplies a non trivial discourse of form, so it supplies a > language about form, and as said above more appropriately put as > supplying: Logic of form, whether that logic is consistency based or > paraconsistent. The truth of that, i.e. reality matching of the > discourse about those forms is something else, this really belongs to > a kind of physics rather than to mathematics. The job of mathematics > is to supply the necessary language that enables us to speak about > forms, not to validate its truth. > > Anyhow that was my own personal opinion about what constitutes > mathematics. > > Zuhair



