FOM: What is mathematics, anyway?

Karlis Podnieks podnieks at
Thu May 14 02:34:33 EDT 1998

On Dave Rusin's home page (see )
you can find the following definition of mathematics as

"The part of science you could continue to do if you woke up
tomorrow and discovered the universe was gone."

Dave says, he heard it from others. Do you know who is the

By the way, this definition is provably equivalent to my
definition of mathematics (see my home page).

Best wishes,
podnieks at
University of Latvia, Institute of Mathematics and Computer

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