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§ 358 Infinity and Theology
Posted:
Oct 1, 2013 3:56 AM


The educationally disadvantaged populace admires Adam Ries(e) as the greatest (and often as the only) German mathematician. For the educated class CarlFriedrich Gauss assumes this position. The mathematicians themselves however admire Georg Cantor as their greatest colleague. The highest award of the German Mathematical Union (DMV) carries Cantor's likeness and name, because he extended and enriched mathematics infinitely  at least many believe that. More biographical material has been collected about Georg Cantor, inventor of set theory and first president of the DMV, than about any other mathematician of the 19th century. From these tesserae we can obtain a vivid picture of his world view. In the following paragraphs some of the theological aspects which lead to and seemingly supported his understanding of the infinite will be reproduced. The translations into English are mine. The German originals can be seen in de.sci.mathematik. https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=de#!forum/de.sci.mathematik
Regards, WM



