Search All of the Math Forum:
Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by
NCTM or The Math Forum.


Tanu R.
Posts:
640
Registered:
12/13/04


Re: Matheology § 288
Posted:
Jun 21, 2013 9:43 AM


Julio Di Egidio wrote:
> << Edward Nelson criticizes the classical conception of natural numbers > because of the circularity of its definition. In classical mathematics the > natural numbers are defined as 0 and numbers obtained by the iterative > applications of the successor function to 0.
> But the concept of natural number
> is already assumed for the iteration. >> > > <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrafinitism#Main_ideas>
Please define "the concept of natural number"
 used by 'standard' math
 used by "finitists".
Btw.  for instance there are folks who /just can not/ recognize faces http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosopagnosia which is a hugely sophisticated operation  these people might well be winners of a novel price or damn cute in any other field... So what, there are also people, who cannot get standard math  hopefully these are kind.



