Re: [XTalk] Fwd: lack of imagination (was New Web Site about Jesus)
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From: Bob Schacht
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2002 8:22 PM
Subject: Re: [XTalk] Fwd: lack of imagination (was New Web Site about Jesus)
At 05:36 PM 11/9/2002 -0800, Rikk E. Watts wrote:
>1. Of course, a mathematician who seeks to understand the world within his
>chosen postulates is hardly a fundamentalist. But then I wasn¹t talking
>about that. However, if a mathematician, when confronted by experience that
>truly called his geometric postulates into question, refused to budge in
>spite of that data then yes I would regard him as acting with a
Actually, there is a relatively new category of geometry, "non-Euclidian,"
such that mathematicians who only use classical Euclidian geometry (and
they are legion) might be said to be fundamentalists. Surveyors, for example.
Leon: Moreover, since geometry, as a purely analytic system, does not depend on any empirical observations, no "experience" can bring its postulates into question.
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