Date: Apr 1, 2013 5:23 PM
Author: Virgil
Subject: Re: Mathematics and the Roots of Postmodern Thought
In article <e5c3e823-af30-4b54-ac84-2dbfffef67a2@googlegroups.com>,

david petry <david_lawrence_petry@yahoo.com> wrote:

> On Monday, April 1, 2013 2:25:31 AM UTC-7, 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.

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