[FOM] alleged quote from Hilbert
martin at eipye.com
Thu Apr 7 14:50:39 EDT 2005
In Rebecca Goldstein's recent "Incompleteness" she quotes Hilbert as follows:
Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with
meaningless marks on paper.
I would appreciate any information about this quotation about which I'm
dubious. Goldstein's source is: John de Pillis & Nick Rose, "Mathematical
Maxims and Minims" (Raleigh, NC 1988).
I've been unable to locate this book: it's listed neither in the unified U
of Calif library catalog, nor in NYPL, nor (the ultimate authority) on Amazon.
Thanks to all,
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