Virgil
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Re: Endorsement of Wolfgang Mueckenheim from a pseudoserious nonmathematician
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Jan 31, 2013 6:39 PM


In article <587156d4e3c848e4b8494ab2924893cd@googlegroups.com>, david petry <david_lawrence_petry@yahoo.com> wrote:
> I admit that I don't understand WM's technical claims. However, when I see > you and other mathematicians fail to comprehend, or at least fail to respond > coherently to, very simple, clear and straightforward informal arguments, it > doesn't inspire confidence in me that you are qualified to judge whether WM's > technical claims are valid. > > Here is a simple, clear and straightforward informal argument, which I > believe Mueckenheim would endorse, that I have never seen a Cantorian > mathematician respond to in a coherent way: > > It is eminently reasonable to believe that the purpose of mathematics is to > provide a rigorous and practically useful conceptual framework for reasoning > quantitatively about real world phenomena.
There are many mathematicians of note, such as G.H. Hardy, who take quite a different view.
(See, for example, "A Mathematicians's Apology" by G,H, Hardy http://archive.org/details/AMathematiciansApology )
It is mainly physicists who insist that mathematics be about their world. 

