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" Hay un concepto que es el corruptor y el desatinador de los otros. No hablo del Mal cuyo limitado imperio es la ética; hablo del infinito. Yo anhelé compilar alguna vez su móvil historia. La numerosa Hidra (monstruo palustre que viene a ser una prefiguración o un emblema de las progresiones geométricas) daría conveniente horror a su pórtico; la coronarían las sórdidas pesadillas de Kafka y sus capítulos centrales no desconocerían las conjeturas de ese remoto cardenal alemán—Nicolás de Krebs, Nicolás de Cusa—que en la circunferencia vio un polígono de un número infinito de ángulos y dejó escrito que una línea infinita sería una recta, sería un triángulo, sería un círculo y sería una esfera (De docta ignorantia, I, 13). Cinco, siete años de aprendizaje metafísico, teológico, matemático me capacitarían (tal vez) para planear decorosamente ese libro. Inútil agregar que la vida me prohibe esa esperanza, y aún ese adverbio..."

Jorge Luis Borges en Avatares de la Tortuga.


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comment Obscure Names in Mathematics
@RobertIsrael: Gauß has a theorema aureum, too. André Weil even wrote once something like, "he [the Princeps Mathematicorum] was very fond of this type of names"...
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comment How can I have a copy of this old paper by Frobenius?
Google "Sitzungsberichte der Königlich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin". The first result you'll get is some type of online repository of the journal.
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answered How can I have a copy of this old paper by Frobenius?
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comment Kuratowski closure-complement problem for other mathematical objects?
Mr. Bowron: Thanks a lot for the reference and for the Kuratowski's Closure-Complement Cornucopia!
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revised What should be considered a finite size of an infinite dimensional space?
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comment Source of quotation about the waste-baskets of physicists
@TomGoodwillie: And what would be the source of the quote about waste-baskets and philosophers?
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revised What did Rolle prove when he proved Rolle's theorem?
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comment Circumscribing simplex to convex body?
I've just edited the link...
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comment Circumscribing simplex to convex body?
You may want to take a look at the references mentioned by Prof. Hatcher in his answer to the following question of mine: mathoverflow.net/questions/26318/points-on-a-sphere