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Paging John Derbyshire: Math shaken by the ‘unprovable’

Via Telegraph:
In the esoteric world of mathematical logic, a dramatic discovery has been made. Previously unnoticed gaps have been found at the very heart of maths. What is more, the only way to repair these holes is with monstrous, mysterious infinities. To understand them, we must understand what makes mathematics different from other sciences. The difference is proof. Other scientists spend their time gathering evidence from the physical world and testing hypotheses against it. Pure maths is built using pure deduction. But proofs have to start somewhere. For all its sophistication, mathematics is not alchemy: we cannot conjure facts from thin air. Every proof must be based on some underlying assumptions, or axioms.

I wish I had any idea what they were talking about in this article. - Greg Pollowitz


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