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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