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On Tue, 15 Jan 2008 07:28:15 -0600
Ron Johnson <ron.l.johnson@cox.net> wrote:

[snip]

> Exotic mathematics without a grounding in reality is medieval
> philosophy trying to determine how many angels can dance on the head
> of a pin.

Pure mathematics consists entirely of assertions to the effect that, if
such and such a proposition is true of anything, then such and such
another proposition is true of that thing. It is essential not to
discuss whether the first proposition is really true, and not to
mention what the anything is, of which it is supposed to be true ... If
our hypothesis is about anything, and not about some one or more
particular things, then our deductions constitute mathematics. Thus
mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what
we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. People
who have been puzzled by the beginnings of mathematics will, I hope,
find comfort in this definition, and will probably agree that it is
accurate.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Bertrand_Russell

> Ron Johnson, Jr.
> Jefferson LA  USA

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