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

In article <>,
david petry <> wrote:

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

> > On Apr 1, 7:20 am, david petry <> 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.