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Mathematics and Mysticism, Name Worshipping, Then and Now

Mathematics and Mysticism, Name Worshipping, Then and Now Abstract The author's purpose is to put together three different mystical approaches to mathematics which are located in different contexts and periods of recent times but can be compared and may enrich one another: (1) the name-worshipping movement in the Russia of the beginning of the twentieth century, which gave birth to the famous Moscow School of Mathematics; (2) the deep mystical approach to mathematics of the important French philosopher Simone Weil; and (3) the recent autobiographical thoughts of the very important French mathematician Alexander Grothendieck. All three instances give a central role to the act of naming, and the author suggests further theological and mathematical investigations of the naming process. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Theology and Science Taylor & Francis

Mathematics and Mysticism, Name Worshipping, Then and Now

Theology and Science , Volume 9 (1): 8 – Feb 1, 2011
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1474-6719
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1474-6700
DOI
10.1080/14746700.2011.547017
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Abstract

Abstract The author's purpose is to put together three different mystical approaches to mathematics which are located in different contexts and periods of recent times but can be compared and may enrich one another: (1) the name-worshipping movement in the Russia of the beginning of the twentieth century, which gave birth to the famous Moscow School of Mathematics; (2) the deep mystical approach to mathematics of the important French philosopher Simone Weil; and (3) the recent autobiographical thoughts of the very important French mathematician Alexander Grothendieck. All three instances give a central role to the act of naming, and the author suggests further theological and mathematical investigations of the naming process.

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Theology and ScienceTaylor & Francis

Published: Feb 1, 2011

Keywords: Mathematics; Infinity; Mysticism; Naming; Allogoi; Mediation

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