david petry wrote: > > David C. Ullrich wrote: > > > [experimental testing] still _is_ something that mathematicians > > _do_. And the tragic rise of Cantorianism has > > had no effect on that fact whatever. > > Maybe you misread both the article I quoted and me. > > String theory, like Cantor's Theory, has given rise to the > idea that there exist branches of physics [mathematics] which > do not need to make predictions which could be experimentally > tested. As one physicist seems to be saying, consistency by > itself is sufficient to justify the theory, and that's what > Cantorians believe about their own theory.
Where mathematics is concerned, maybe consistency _is_ enough. Physical theories are supposed to tell us something about the world; mathematics can't do that.
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