FOM: Re: natural examples

Karlis Podnieks podnieks at
Fri Jul 30 07:06:13 EDT 1999

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Stevenson <steve at>
To: fom at <fom at>
Date: ceturtdiena, 1999. gada 29. jûlijâ 21:49
Subject: FOM: natural examples

    ".... In other words, at a great distance from its empirical
source, or after much ``abstract'' inbreeding, a mathematical
subject is in danger of degeneration....'.
   J. von Neuman

KP> Polish writer Stanislav Lem joked in his book "Summa
Technologiae": mathematicians are like mad tailors: they are
making "all possible clothes" and hope to make also something
suitable for dressing....

I think that this problem is due to the very nature of the
mathematical method. No other branch of science knows such
problems. See for details.

Karlis Podnieks
University of Latvia
Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science

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