Grinworthy Quotes (10)

Posted on November 5, 2015 by

Here’s other amusing line from Paul Benacerraf’s dissertation (Princeton, 1960, p. 182):

It was in fact through [Cantor’s] interest in the infinite and in infinite numbers that he developed the theory of sets. The purpose was to make an honest woman of the infinite, a task held by most mathematicians of his time to be impossible, if not downright immoral and sacrilegious.

To push the analogy a bit too far, it seems to me that marrying the infinite may actually be immoral and sacrilegious.