Sunday, October 15, 2006

Best quote from a math book

In the book "Set Theory: An Introduction to Independence Proofs" there is a section in the intro in which the author lays out a few philosophical positions on set theory, namely platonism, finitism/constructivism, and formalism. The lovely quote is:
"Pedagogically, it is much easier to develop ZFC from a platonistic point of view, and we shall do so throughout this book."

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