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Daniel H. CohenFollow

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University of Windsor

Document Type

Commentary

Keywords

argument, Cantor, Gersonides, infinity, Mamolo

Start Date

18-5-2016 9:00 AM

End Date

21-5-2016 5:00 PM

Abstract

There is more to mathematics than proofs; there are also arguments, which means that mathematicians are human arguers complete with their biases. Among those biases is a preference for beauty, It is a bias insofar as it is a deaprture from objectivity, but it is benign, accounting for the popularity of Cantor's "Paradise" of non-denumerable infinities as a travel destination for mathematicians and the relatively little interest in Robinson's infinitesimals.

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Commentary on Ami Mamolo on argumentation and infinity

University of Windsor

There is more to mathematics than proofs; there are also arguments, which means that mathematicians are human arguers complete with their biases. Among those biases is a preference for beauty, It is a bias insofar as it is a deaprture from objectivity, but it is benign, accounting for the popularity of Cantor's "Paradise" of non-denumerable infinities as a travel destination for mathematicians and the relatively little interest in Robinson's infinitesimals.