The Influence of Heraclitus on Modern Mathematics
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.
KeywordsAbelian Group Topological Space Compact Abelian Group Abelian Category Open Element
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