Single Idea 10712

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 4. Using Numbers / c. Counting procedure]

Full Idea

Even if set theory's role as a foundation for mathematics turned out to be wholly illusory, it would earn its keep through the calculus it provides for counting infinite sets.

Gist of Idea

If set theory didn't found mathematics, it is still needed to count infinite sets


Michael Potter (Set Theory and Its Philosophy [2004], 03.8)

Book Reference

Potter,Michael: 'Set Theory and Its Philosophy' [OUP 2004], p.51