FOM: use and mention, objective, astronomical calculations, etc.

Reuben Hersh rhersh at
Sun Mar 22 23:29:09 EST 1998

On Sun, 22 Mar 1998, Martin Davis wrote:

> At 01:27 PM 3/21/98 -0700, Reuben Hersh wrote:
> > It's
> >"obvious," as Martin Davis informed me, that mathematics is a social
> >activity.  But that's not the real mathematics that one provides
> >foundations for.  We should use subscripts or quote marks to keep
> >them straight. 
> Dear Reuben,
> I never said anything remotely like that. It would help if you would quote.
> Martin
Dear Martin,

It just clicked.  You took my posting to attribute to you the
whole paragraph you quote!  Of course, I was quoting only the first
sentence, which you may remember writing to me.  The next two
sentences are of course my own, I never thought anyone would
take them as yours.  But I must accept responsibility for the


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