Fitting the Foundations of Mathematics On One Arm

By Carl Zimmer | May 9, 2008 4:40 pm

fittingMark writes:

“This tattoo is the Zermelo-Fraenkel with Choice axioms of set theory. These nine axioms are the basis for ZFC set theory, which is the most commonly studied form of set theory and the most well known set of axioms as well. From these nine axioms, one can derive all of mathematics. These provide the foundation of mathematics, a field that you can likely tell that I love dearly.”

Carl: Mark is making an encore appearance at the Emporium. See his Y combinator here

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Comments (10)

  1. Mark

    Carl, bad link to the “Y combinator”, not found. :-(

  2. synergy

    Carl, the link’s still (again?) kaput.

  3. Damage

    that’s one hell of a cheat sheet! (8

  4. Another Mark
  5. Meh

    What Damage said – Couldn’t he just use biro like everyone-else?

  6. DrDave

    *All* of mathematics? If Godel were alive today, he’d be spinning in his grave!

  7. FooBarBaz

    If Godel were alive today, I should wonder what he was doing in a grave.

  8. GS

    If Godel were alive today, I should wonder what he is doing in a grave…


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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