I admit this is getting ridiculous. What will hence be known as my “Electric Trilogy” (See The Electric Monk, September 23rd and The Electric Caterpillar, October 1st) has arrived for its third installment in a way so absurd that I hesitate to elaborate on it. 895 more words
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In 1930, David Hilbert gave radio address lecture. I want to discuss following paragraph from that lecture (when translated to English):
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With astonishing sharpness, the great mathematician POINCARÉ once attacked TOLSTOY, who had suggested that pursuing “science for science’s sake” is foolish.
“Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper.” — David Hilbert
(A lot of us don’t consider those rules all that “simple”, and what is he talking about with “meaningless marks on paper”? 213 more words
Paradoxes are a fascinating part of reality and there are paradoxes in many different fields like math, physics, logic, psychology, and language. When it comes to trying to understand them, paradoxes can make the brain feel like it’s doing somersaults, but they can also expand your mind and make you look at the world in a whole new way. 2,001 more words