To: RightWhale; betty boop
Thank you so much for your reply!
There are limits, math theorems that cannot be proved within math. Ultimately we cannot know.
Seems like every discipline has things which we can know, things which we do not yet know, and things which we can never know.
Concerning the unknowable - in mathematics, we have Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems. In physics, we have Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle. And in the historical sciences - evolution, archeology, anthropology, Egyptology - we have an incomplete record of evidence.
To me, all of these are cautions which attach to the value of evidence and/or work product - but not to the value of the discipline itself.
My copy of the new Goedel book just arrived. Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel by Rebecca Goldstein. It is highly recommended as the author is a good writer and an actual philosophy of science prof. I have read the first couple pages and already it is getting heavy. This will be good; Goedel is variously estimated as the greatest logician since Aristotle.
posted on 03/16/2005 11:33:27 AM PST
(Please correct if cosmic balance requires.)
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