[FOM] Hilbert and Beer Bottles

Robert Black Mongre at gmx.de
Thu Aug 16 12:08:42 EDT 2007

I think you'll find it's beer *mats* (Bierdeckel) not bottles, and I 
think it's only a reported anecdote, not something he said in print. 
But in the exchange of letters with Frege he suggests a 
reinterpretation involving 'love, law, chimney-sweep ...'.


>Does anyone have exact (preferably on-line) reference for the
>Hilbert quote on interpreting points as beer bottles.
>I apologize as I think this on fom before but google search (or me)
>is not up to finding a better location that somewhere in Reid's biography.

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