Virgil
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Re: Mathematics and the Roots of Postmodern Thought
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Apr 1, 2013 5:23 PM


In article <e5c3e823af304b54ac842dbfffef67a2@googlegroups.com>, david petry <david_lawrence_petry@yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Monday, April 1, 2013 2:25:31 AM UTC7, Dan wrote: > > > On Apr 1, 7:20 am, david petry <david_lawrence_pe...@yahoo.com> wrote: > > > > Applied mathematicians know they have to produce something that is of use > > > to the scientists, which does imply that they are taking falsifiability > > > into consideration. > > > > Real mathematicians do their own thing > > Are you suggesting that applied mathematicians are not real mathematicians?
Pure and applied mathematicians certainly have a different point of view as to what mathematics is.
For purely pure mathematicians a theory (like, say, group theory) is its own justification, whereas to purely applied mathematicians, such a theory is a only tool to be used in solving "real world" problems.
I suspect that most of those who think of themselves as mathematicians fall somewhere in between those two extremes. > > > > Scientists take the mathematics given to > > them [...] and use it to build theories > > Revisionist history? A huge amount of mathematics was developed by > scientists simply because they needed it, and then the mathematicians took it > and added their own bells and whistles. 

