Thursday, January 14, 2010

Kurt Gödel (1906-1978)

Kurt Gödel (b. April 28, 1906, Brno, Moravia – d. January 14, 1978, Princeton, New Jersey, USA) - gravestone in the Princeton cemetery.

Einstein, Dirac, Gödel, Selberg, Harish-Chandra in Princeton - Gödel on left @ 1:06.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Georg Cantor (1845-1918)

From Wikipedia, under Georg Cantor: Cantor's philosophy on the nature of numbers led him to affirm a belief in the freedom of mathematics to posit and prove concepts apart from the realm of physical phenomena, as expressions within an internal reality. The only restrictions on this metaphysical system are that all mathematical concepts must be devoid of internal contradiction, and that they follow from existing definitions, axioms, and theorems. This belief is summarized in his famous assertion that "the essence of mathematics is its freedom."

Georg Cantor died on January 6, 1918.
Mac Tutor Biography
Georg Cantor: His Mathematics and Philosophy of the Infinite by Joseph Warren Dauben, and a review (pdf, Bull. AMS)