Taming the infinite

Foundations of Science 2 (1):53-56 (1997)
For over two thousand years thought about the infinite was dominated by Aristotelian hostility to the idea that the infinite could be a legitimate object of mathematical study. Then Cantor's work late in the nineteenth century seemed to overturn this orthodoxy. However, by highlighting ways in which infinitude still could not be brought under the control of mathematicians, Cantor's work may in fact have reinforced the orthodoxy.
Keywords Infinity  Paradoxes  Set theory  Aristotle  Cantor
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DOI 10.1023/A:1009666925392
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