Bulletin of Symbolic Logic

Foundations and applications: axiomatization and education

F. William Lawvere

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Foundations and Applications depend ultimately for their existence on each other. The main links between them are education and the axiomatic method. Those links can be strengthened with the help of a categorical method which was concentrated forty years ago by Cartier, Grothendieck, Isbell, Kan, and Yoneda. I extended that method to extract some essential features of the category of categories in 1965, and I apply it here in section 3 to sketch a similar foundation within the smooth categories which provide the setting for the mathematics of change. The possibility that other methods may be needed to clarify a contradiction introduced by Cantor, now embedded in mathematical practice, is discussed in section 5.

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Bull. Symbolic Logic, Volume 09, Issue 2 (2003), 213-224.

First available in Project Euclid: 11 May 2003

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Lawvere, F. William. Foundations and applications: axiomatization and education. Bull. Symbolic Logic 09 (2003), no. 2, 213--224. doi:10.2178/bsl/1052669290. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.bsl/1052669290

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