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Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Art of the Possible: Weyl as Magister Ludi ?

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:54 AM

Johann A. Makowsky recently reviewed  Modernism, Fiction and Mathematics
by Nina Engelhardt.  Engelhardt is a  Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin  at the
University of Stuttgart.  Makowsky is a professor emeritus of the computer science
department at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

The quotation below, by Makowsky not Engelhardt,  is from Notices of the
American Mathematical Society
, November 2020  (Vol. 67, No. 10, p. 1594) —

“Hermann Weyl was known for his inspiring lectures,
celebrating mathematics as a performing art. It is then likely
that he was both the model for the magister ludi celebrating
the Glass Bead Game, and the source of Hesse’s awareness of
modern mathematics as the art of the possible, rather than
the science of true nature.”

Possibly .

Consider also the diamond  as  Spielraum .

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