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Mathematical Uncertainty

In 1912, Bertrand Russell wrote a letter to his mistress, Lady Ottoline Morrell, in which he revealed, “I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet.? Besides suggesting theirs was a cerebral affair, the quote captures a certain fundamental tenet of mathematics that some mathematicians are now questioning.

What attracts many young mathematicians to the field and assures the average person that they can trust their calculator is that mathematical truth is entirely certain, with its own austere perfection that’s totally independent of humans.

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February 28, 2006 - Posted by | Science

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