Nation of Beancounters

So much burn

Posted in Cheeky Economists, Quotable, Stories by Navin Kumar on December 8, 2012

mathematics is characterized as “the careful study of a set of tautologies” — which is true in (and only in) exactly the same sense that physics, psychology, and economics are careful studies of sets of tautologies. Anything is a tautology if you start with the right set of axioms. But mathematicians are generally more interested in figuring out which tautologies are true — just like physicists, psychologists, and economists this side of Berkeley.

Steven Landsburg


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