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The Influence of Heraclitus on Modern Mathematics

  • J. Lambek
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Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 67)

Abstract

Among the pre-Socratic philosophers we know that Thales, Pythagoras, Zeno and Democritus were involved in mathematics in one way or another. In fact, Pythagoras coined the very word “mathematics.” Heraclitus does not appear to have occupied himself with mathematical questions; so how can he be said to have influenced modern mathematics? The answer to this question will take us on a small detour.

Keywords

Abelian Group Topological Space Compact Abelian Group Abelian Category Open Element 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Lambek
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  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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