Monthly Archives: June 2013

What Is A Theorem That A Human May Prove It?

Re: Why Is Mathematics Possible? • Tim Gowers’ Take On The Matter Comment 1 To the extent that mathematics has to do with reasoning about possible existence, or inference from pure hypothesis, a line of thinking going back to Aristotle … Continue reading

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C.S. Peirce • The Proper Treatment of Hypotheses

Selection from C.S. Peirce, “Hume On Miracles” (1901), CP 6.522–547 530.   Now the testing of a hypothesis is usually more or less costly. Not infrequently the whole life’s labor of a number of able men is required to disprove a … Continue reading

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Re: Cathy O’Neil • Profit as Proxy for Value There is a deep and pervasive analogy between systems of commerce and systems of communication, turning on their near-universal use of symbola (images, media, proxies, signs, symbols, tokens, etc.) to stand … Continue reading

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Fourier Transforms of Boolean Functions : 2

Re: Another Problem Note. Just another sheet of scratch paper, exploring possible alternatives to the Fourier transforms in the previous post. As a rule, I like to keep Boolean problems in Boolean spaces, partly for aesthetic reasons and partly from … Continue reading

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Wherefore Aught?

Re: R.J. Lipton and K.W. Regan • Why Is There Something? Here is another one of those eternally recurring ideas echoed inimitably by C.S. Peirce in his sketch of a Cosmogonic Philosophy. It would suppose that in the beginning,—infinitely remote,—there was … Continue reading

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