1 IMFUFA, Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University2 The Department of Science, Systems and Models, Roskilde University3 Brown University
Convergence vs. Arbitrariness in the Development of Mathematics
We describe and explain the desire, common among mathematicians, both for unity and independence in its major themes. In the dialogue that follows, we express our spontaneous and considered judgment and reservations; by contrasting the development of mathematics as a goal-driven process as opposed to one that often seems to possess considerable arbitrariness.
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XI. Österreichesches symposion zur geschichte der mathematik, 2014