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Kazimierz Wiesak

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Re: What Is Mathematics For?
Posted: Jun 9, 2010 10:21 PM
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I would suggest a question: what is your life for?

As to mathematics, well... history of the universe can be described by one
single word: assembling.
Be it assembling of particles into atoms, or atoms into compounds, or peoples
into societies. Eternal process of assembling. And parts of mathematics are
needed for development of human civilization i.e. for continued assembling. And
other parts are... well... we all produce garbage, be it in life or in
mathematics.

Don't ask what is assembling for. This is like an axiom. All the rest are like
theorems, i.e. the question 'what is it for?' is applicable.

Kazimierz Wiesak






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