Re: [OPE-L] Engels ability on maths

From: clyder@GN.APC.ORG
Date: Tue Apr 25 2006 - 06:48:25 EDT

  A key point raised in this is whether there is a distinction
between mathematics and physics and whether mathematical laws
are distinct from the type of laws that exist in physics.

Engels may have retrospective justification in those mathematicians
like Chaitin and Deutsch who argue that mathematics is essentially
one of the experimental physical sciences, since mathematics rests
ultimately on the existence of material apprattuses or configurations
of matter able to do calculations.

For various papers arguing this see his home page

It may also interest people to look at

which uses critiques based on material computability to critique Arrow's
version of general equilibrium theory as being based on non-computable

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