Single Idea 18091

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 5. The Infinite / k. Infinitesimals]

Full Idea

The infinitesimals are the ghosts of departed quantities.

Gist of Idea

Infinitesimals are ghosts of departed quantities


George Berkeley (The Analyst [1734]), quoted by David Bostock - Philosophy of Mathematics 4.3

Book Reference

Bostock,David: 'Philosophy of Mathematics: An Introduction' [Wiley-Blackwell 2009], p.96

A Reaction

[A famous phrase, but as yet no context for it]