>To the question "What is mathematics" - Podiek's (after Dave Rusin) answer:
>Mathematics is the part of science you could continue to do if you woke up tomorrow and discovered the universe was >gone.
Podiek shouldn't have skipped Leibniz in his reading list on philosophy (and should've taken his Newton with a grain of salt?). Monads not only don't "wake up" "outside" the(this) unverse, they have no meaning in isolation from it(them), IMHO. (Guess I'm indeed not a Platonist)
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