FOM: Re: defining ``mathematics''

Kanovei kanovei at
Wed Dec 22 21:43:43 EST 1999

Podnieks writes: 

 For me as a former marxist, this should sound good. Marx and
Engels defined mathematics as "the study of quantitative
relations in the real world".

Actually, also "shapes", not only "quantitative relations". 
Even a "former marxist" should take care of wording when 
it matters. 

Vladimir Kanovei

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