Mathematical Astrology: How life on earth is governed by the stars.
October 8, 1998
Bailey Hall 207
Refreshments at 3:45
Math Department Common Room
There is something in mathematics that resembles astrology. It is that certain statements about ordinary arithmetic (facts about ``life on earth'') depend on the existence or even the possibility of the existence of unimaginably large infinite numbers (``the stars''). I'll talk about such statements and develop an analogy between the mathematical universe and the universe of science and science fiction.
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