[FOM] Infinity and the "Noble Lie"

Steven Obua obua at in.tum.de
Fri Dec 9 07:19:59 EST 2005

>I am one of those errant mathematicians who happen to not only believe 
>that the Axiom of Infinity does not make proper sense, but worse, that 
>the wholescale adoption and uncritical acceptance of this kind of 
>dubious reasoning has not done mathematics any good at all.
>Mathematics would be much better served by people restricting themselves 
>to talking about things which actually make mathematical sense, as 
>opposed to things which perhaps make grammatical sense. Show me an 
>infinite set, either in mathematics, or in physics! And I`ll show you 
>some unsubstantiated claims.
I think this whole discussion is doomed. Let me say some final words: 
The only thing that needs to be finite is your argumentation to convince 
me of a theorem. For the rest there is no limit.

Steven Obua

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