On Wed, 21 Aug 2013, Peter Percival wrote: > William Elliot wrote: > > On Tue, 20 Aug 2013, Lax Clarke wrote: > > > > > Please correct me if I'm wrong please: > > > This is the order of bootstrapping the foundations of mathematics: > > > > > Boot strapping has nothing to do with mathematics. > > It's part of computer science. > > Bootstrapping is a metaphor which is surely common property. In year X some > wit spoke of lifting himself by his own bootstraps. It's a fair bet that X > long preceded the computer (computer as machine not computer as human > calculator).
Lifting oneself by his boot straps is a historical record of visiting aliens who levitated. When they did, they would grab their ankles. Hence the expression "Lifting oneself by his boot straps."
Subsequence, more recent alien visitors were primitive in comparison to those historical visitors, for they didn't levitate but used old fashion materialistic machines to move up, up and away.