OT: Mathematics [was: The hoard speaks -- or writes?]
Laurence Horn
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed May 9 14:59:17 UTC 2007
>At 5/9/2007 09:39 AM, Jim Parish wrote:
>>Charles Doyle wrote:
>>> Back when I was studying mathematics at the University of Texas in the
>>> 1960s, my aged mentor, Robert Lee Moore (inventor of what's now
>>> called topology; he called it point-set theory) used to proclaim that
>>> he'd known only one good mathematician who was also a proficient
>>> calculator, and that individual was ashamed of the fact.
>>
>>Erm. Speaking as a professional mathematician and sometime teacher
>>of the history of mathematics: though an important figure in his own
>>right, R. L. Moore did not invent topology; credit for that, depending on
>>how you define the field, goes either to Henri Poincare
>
>which is why it is called poin-set topology
>
Poin-set match! (This is why it's called topology.)
LH
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