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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Spielraum

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:27 PM

From the concluding paragraph of a new book by
mathematician Michael Harris:

"A team of eminent scholars is completing a definitive
edition of Hausdorff’s collected works—'unique
in the annals of mathematical publishing'— with the
care befitting the literary figure he undoubtedly was….
he is honored as, perhaps, the first modern
mathematician to give a name to what we have been
calling the 'relaxed field'— he called it the
'Spielraum  of thought'— and as a mathematician
who never lost his sensitivity to his chosen field’s
problematic attractions while remaining fully aware that
every veil lifted only reveals another veil."

— Harris, Michael, Mathematics without Apologies:
Portrait of a Problematic Vocation  
(2015-01-18) 
(pp. 324-325). Princeton U. Press. Kindle Edition. 

Related material:  Spiel ist nicht Spielerei .

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