david petry <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> On Monday, January 7, 2013 1:09:09 PM UTC-8, Jesse F. Hughes wrote: > >> What does it matter to you that others prefer using a theory that you >> don't like? > > To say that I "don't like" ZFC is silly. > > The logic underlying ZFC is a perversion of natural logic.
I suppose "silly" is in the eye of the beholder.
> It makes communication between mathematicians and those who need > mathematics difficult. It puts mathematicians out of touch with > reality. It drives people insane. This is an important issue.
"It drives people insane." Sometimes, I really love your prose. Really.
Anyway, maybe you should be bringing your case to the APA or CDC rather than to the poor, infected denizens of this newsgroup. Help find a cure or at least a vaccination! Don't bother haranguing the mentally ill for their shortcomings. You don't exhort schizophrenics to stop hearing voices, do you? > > Let me remind you of the words of the most famous mathematician of the > twentieth century: > > > "Apart from the most elementary mathematics, like arithmetic or high > school algebra, the symbols, formulas and words of mathematics have no > meaning at all. The entire structure of pure mathematics is a > monstrous swindle, simply a game, a prank. You may well ask, "are > there no renegades to reveal the truth?" Yes, of course. But the > facts are so incredible that no one takes them seriously. So the > secret is in no danger." -- Ted Kaczynski in a letter to Lutz > Dammbeck, from the documentary "The Net"
Wait. Is he a good guy in your view, or a bad guy?
In any case, I don't think he counts as the most famous mathematician of the twentieth century. At least, if you ask random persons in the street to name a mathematician, some name aside from Kaczynski is likely to have a plurality (among the minority who can name anyone).
Sadly, I'll wager that the most popular response is "Einstein".
Kaczynski is a somewhat (in)famous person who happens to be a mathematician, but he is not famous for that fact. -- "But you people are scum of the earth who pretend to be something that is clearly beyond you--real mathematicians. I wouldn't be having these problems with Gauss or Euler. I wouldn't be having these problems with Fermat or Archimedes." -- James S. Harris on pretending