The modern computerized-proof world is such a delicious mashup of the arch-rivals Hilbert and Poincare.

Hilbert had a grand dream that when two people disagreed, they could just say "calculamebus" (let us calculate), yet this was married to the "analytic" viewpoint of set theory. Poincare had a disdain for logic, and yet still championed a "synthetic" viewpoint that was key for the development of constructive mathematics!

The modern proof assistant owes a debt to both.

Follow

Erratum: looking at my source (logicomix), Hilbert said "In mathemathics, there is no ignorabimus", meaning there is no "we shall not know". Leibniz says calculemus.

· · Web · 1 · 1 · 0
Sign in to participate in the conversation
Mathstodon

The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!