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Re: Re: Re: Evolving formulae

by tsee (Curate)
on Feb 28, 2004 at 08:42 UTC ( #332459=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: Evolving formulae
in thread Evolving formulae

Personally, I prefer thinking of programs being created - I seem to work so much more productively that way ;)

Fun aside, I think mathematics is neither completely human-created nor -discovered. It's a mixture of the two. Now, if Hilbert had been right and we could deduct everything from a created set of axioms, I'd say we created the axioms and discovered the rest.

Unfortunately, Hilbert was wrong and on the grand scale of things, to me, mathematics is a steaming pile of dung if you consider that perfectly logical things contradict themselves. Thus, mathematics must have been created by humans.

Steffen

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Evolving formulae
by awwaiid (Friar) on Mar 02, 2004 at 20:35 UTC
    ... if you consider that perfectly logical things contradict themselves.

    I think there might be a flaw in your argument! :)

    Actually you have a wonderful point.

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