FOM: What is mathematics?

Peter Schuster Peter.Schuster at
Wed Feb 13 04:36:43 EST 2002

>From owner-fom at Wed Feb 13 00:51 MET 2002
>Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 15:03:14 -0500
>From: Ayan Mahalanobis <amah8857 at>

> I have a
>more basic and elementary question; What is mathematics? or rather What
>should be Mathematics?


Following the principle that some thing is by what it is distinguished 
from other things, couldn't one just say that mathematics is proving? 


Name: Peter M. Schuster
Instituition: University of Munich, Mathematics Department
Research interest: constructive mathematics

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