Sponsored by the Rutgers University Department of Mathematics and the
Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS)
Title: A Diatribe against the "Law" of the Excluded Middle
Speaker: Doron Zeilberger, Rutgers University
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016 5:00pm
Location: Hill Center, Room 705, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ
The so-called Law of the Excluded Middle is completely illegitimate for so-called "infinite" sets, leading to so much scholastic drivel, and making a large part of modern mathematics (in particular all those "undecidability" results) utterly meaningless, except as a (usually utterly boring) game with "axioms". But even when restricted to finite sets it leads to paradoxical, unsatisfying conclusions (e.g. Prisoner's dilemma).