Portrait of François Lasserre

François Lasserre

English mathematics historian

Ask a philosopher “What is philosophy?” or a historian “What is history?”, and they will have no difficulty in giving an answer. Neither of them, in fact, can pursue his own discipline without knowing what he is searching for. But ask a mathematician “What is mathematics?” and he may justifiably reply that he does not know the answer but that this does not stop him from doing mathematics.

TOPICS: philosophy