
Re: Mathematics and the Roots of Postmodern Thought
Posted:
Apr 7, 2013 10:38 PM


david petry <david_lawrence_petry@yahoo.com> writes:
> On Saturday, April 6, 2013 2:32:39 PM UTC7, Rotwang wrote: > >> Lest anyone assume that Petry actually knows what he's talking about, >> it's worth mentioning that many applied mathematicians do, in fact, make >> liberal use of Cantorian set theory. > > > "those of us who work in probability theory or any other area of > applied mathematics have a right to demand that this disease > [Cantorian set theory] be quarantined and kept out of our field" > (From "Probability Theory: The Logic of Science" by E. T. Jaynes)
Surely E. T. Jaynes isn't really representative of applied mathematicians? I thought his views were considered a wee uncommon.
(By the way, did he say a damned thing about falsifiability being the appropriate test for mathematical health?)
> "The pure mathematician can do what he pleases, but the applied > mathematician must be at least partially sane." (J. Willard Gibbs)
Nice quote. Was he talking about falsifiability?
 "You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing."  Rene Descartes, if you believe the internet. Maybe in his Adidas endorsement or something. Gah.

