How discrete patterns emerge from algorithmic fine-tuning: A visual plea for kroneckerian finitism

Topoi 29 (1):61-75 (2010)
This paper sets out to adduce visual evidence for Kroneckerian finitism by making perspicuous some of the insights that buttress Kronecker’s conception of arithmetization as a process aiming at disclosing the arithmetical essence enshrined in analytical formulas, by spotting discrete patterns through algorithmic fine-tuning. In the light of a fairly tractable case study, it is argued that Kronecker’s main tenet in philosophy of mathematics is not so much an ontological as a methodological one, inasmuch as highly demanding requirements regarding mathematical understanding prevail over mere preemptive reductionism to whole numbers.
Keywords Philosophy of mathematics  Finitism  Arithmetization  Kronecker
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DOI 10.1007/s11245-009-9067-2
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