RE: definition of science

From: Roger G. Olson <rogero@saintjoe.edu>
Date: Mon Apr 25 2005 - 17:27:47 EDT

> ... All human concepts, e.g., mathematical,
> values, meaning, are abstractions with no physical reality. Witness even
> the number pi, which is a purely human conception.
>
> Moorad
>
>

In what sense is the number pi a purely human conception? Pi is the ratio
of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It's been proved
deductively to be transcendental. It's been shown to be the limit of a
particular infinite series. Do you mean it's an artifact of Euclidean
geometry, which is only an idealized approximation of certain aspects of
reality? I'm confused...

Roger
Received on Mon Apr 25 17:29:13 2005

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