July 01, 2008

Time In Mathematics

"...but he (the mathematician) is always speaking of a given moment -- a static moment, that is -- and not of flowing time. In short, the world the mathematician deals with dies and is reborn at every instant [...] To know a living being or natural system is to get at the very interval of duration, while the knowledge of an artificial or mathematical system applies only to the extremity."

Bergson, Creative Evolution, 1914, cited by William Gooddy, Time and the Nervous System, 1988.

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