FOM: Jurassic pebbles
Kanovei
kanovei at wminf2.math.uni-wuppertal.de
Tue Mar 17 09:47:40 EST 1998
The Largange theorem is a product of social activity,
and as such it most likely did not exist before L
proved it. ("Most likely" refers to the unlikely case
that someone got the result earlier but it remains
unknown.) In particular it did not exist in the
jurassic time.
It is yet a different story that some mathematical
theorems seem to directly reflect concrete physical
phenomena, among those the Lagrange theorem. In this
sense, the question has no difference from e.g. the
following:
did the planets of the Solar system obey
the Kepler laws in the Jurassic time
(with the hint in brackets: who among the members
of the Jurassian bestiary was able to
check whether the Kepler laws are obeyed ?)
Vladimir Kanovei
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