FOM: Re: General Intellectual Interest

Michael Thayer mthayer at
Sun Mar 21 19:08:59 EST 1999

Joe Shipman writes

>In support of Steve's contention that F.O.M. is of great "general
>this week's TIME magazine names the 20 most influential minds of the 20th
>(actually 24 people since three were teams), and the only mathematicians on
>the list are Godel and Turing, both of whom are central to f.o.m.

I would have to read the article before believing this, since Goedel is also
very trendy among the post-modernists (for, admittedly, the wrong reasons).
Also Turing is closely associated with computers in many peoples' minds.
Why were these two included?

Michael Thayer

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