Drexel dragonThe Math ForumDonate to the Math Forum



Search All of the Math Forum:

Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by Drexel University or The Math Forum.


Math Forum » Discussions » sci.math.* » sci.math.independent

Topic: Matheology § 214
Replies: 19   Last Post: Feb 11, 2013 4:56 PM

Advanced Search

Back to Topic List Back to Topic List Jump to Tree View Jump to Tree View   Messages: [ Previous | Next ]
mueckenh@rz.fh-augsburg.de

Posts: 14,578
Registered: 1/29/05
Re: Matheology § 214
Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:07 AM
  Click to see the message monospaced in plain text Plain Text   Click to reply to this topic Reply

On 11 Feb., 09:55, fom <fomJ...@nyms.net> wrote:
> On 2/11/2013 2:43 AM, WM wrote:
>
>
>
>
>

> > On 11 Feb., 08:48, Virgil <vir...@ligriv.com> wrote:
> >> In article
> >> <b96a20cb-7991-4a49-84ca-6bd658501...@w7g2000yqo.googlegroups.com>,
> >>     WM <mueck...@rz.fh-augsburg.de> wrote:

>
> >>>> Every potentially infinite set already exists.
>
> >>> But none of them are, or ever can become, infinite.
>
> > They cannot "become" actually infinite.
>
> >> Since such "sets" are neither finite nor not finite (infinite), they are
> >> nonexistent.

>
> >> And in van Dalen, p 118, a letter from Brouwer summarising his thesis:
> >>    "I can formulate:
> >>         1.  Actual infinite sets can be created mathematically"

>
> > As I already mentioned, that is due to an understandable error. At
> > that time mathematicians were drilled to understand by the finite
> > expression "0.111..." an actually infinite sequence of digits. That is
> > wrong.

>
> Right and wrong....
>
> What, in modern mathematics, happened to change that
> situation?


I am teaching my contemporaries. Some have already understood. But it
is a hard job because mathematicians are very, hmm, say conservative.

Regards, WM



Point your RSS reader here for a feed of the latest messages in this topic.

[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]

© Drexel University 1994-2014. All Rights Reserved.
The Math Forum is a research and educational enterprise of the Drexel University School of Education.