Wednesday, August 01, 2007

4.041 Of course one cannot in turn picture this mathematical multiplicity itself. One cannot get outside it to make a picture.

The idea of “of course” (natürlich) here seems not to fit. Why should this be obvious? Isn’t there an implication here that 4.04 has gone beyond what can be said? Not because it pictures the mathematical multiplicity in question (though doesn’t it?) but because if 4.04 is possible then this picturing would seem at least not obviously un-picturable. And how could one know that 4.04 were true unless 4.041 were false?

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