[FOM] Petr Vopenka

Josef Urban josef.urban at gmail.com
Sun Mar 22 07:04:51 EDT 2015

He recently claimed that actual infinity is really in some sense
contradictory (e.g. in this talk in Czech:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcaZJXO-p4g ). More explanations are in his
recent book, which is hopefully being translated, but I am not sure there
is a "formal proof" there.

I found his investigations and seminars on "psychoanalysis" of science and
mathematics extremely inspiring.  Counterweight to the standard bulk of
overspecialized and unmotivated definition/theorem/proof lectures.


On Sun, Mar 22, 2015 at 12:01 AM, Ali Enayat <ali.enayat at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear FOMers,
> Sad news: Petr Vopenka passed away on March 20, 2015.
> Some of you might be interested to watch a (free) 22-min Cech
> documentary on Vopenka (with English subtitles) made in 2006; there is
> a surprise half-way through, about the origins of Vopenka cardinals.
> http://docalliancefilms.com/film/891
> Best regards,
> Ali Enayat
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