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[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 1. Mathematics]

Full Idea

The goal of my theory is to establish once and for all the certitude of mathematical methods.

Gist of Idea

I aim to establish certainty for mathematical methods


David Hilbert (On the Infinite [1925], p.184)

Book Reference

'Philosophy of Mathematics: readings (2nd)', ed/tr. Benacerraf/Putnam [CUP 1983], p.184

A Reaction

This is the clearest statement of the famous Hilbert Programme, which is said to have been brought to an abrupt end by Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems.