The Taboo of Platonism

Ask most mathematicians if they believe that 
they invent new theorems or discover them. 
If they discover those truths, then there is a pre-existing 
Platonic realm of mathematical truth to which they naturally have access.

But if you aski them afterwards uif they believe that there
is a pre-existing Platonic realm in which mathematics exists,
they will deny it for the most part.

Because it is taboo to admit to the existence of
a Platonic realm. 

- Roger Clough

Dr. Roger Clough NIST (ret.) 4/11/2013

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