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FWIW: interesting quote from Ted Kaczynski
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Jan 8, 2013 1:09 AM




Re: FWIW: interesting quote from Ted Kaczynski
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Jan 8, 2013 1:09 AM


On Monday, January 7, 2013 3:58:58 PM UTC8, Jesse F. Hughes wrote: > david petry <david_lawrence_petry@yahoo.com> writes:
> > "Meanwhile, I was doing well in mathematics. It was fun to solve > > mathematical problems, but in a deeper sense mathematics was boring > > and empty because for me it had no purpose. If I had worked on applied > > mathematics I would have contributed to the development of the > > technological society that I hated, so I worked only on pure > > mathematics. But pure mathematics was only a game. I did not > > understand then, and I still do not understand, why mathematicians are > > content to fritter away their whole lives in a mere game. I myself was > > completely dissatisfied with such a life."
> > Ted Kaczynski, from a letter to a Turkish anarchist named Kara
> Well, to each his own, right?
Not really. Certainly pure mathematicians can play their games in a place where it is appropriate to play games.
If we accept falsifiability as part of the underlying logic of mathematics, then mathematics is definitely not merely a game; it is a science, and it has a vitally important role to play in our technologically advanced society. I wanted to study the foundations of mathematics from that point of view. It appears that the pure mathematicians don't think I should be studying that while I'm in the universities they control. So, I must say that I think those pure mathematicians don't belong in the publicly funded universities of a free society.



