Talk:Georg Cantor

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Clarifying an edit summary[edit]

I wrote a rather confusing summary for this edit. I wrote:

I do not think his first proof is more complex or less elegant than the original. I think the original is more elegant.

What I actually meant was:

I do not think his first proof is more complex or less elegant than the later (1891) proof (the diagonal argument). I think the original is more elegant (than the later diagonal argument).

The original proof is applicable to all densely ordered sets that have at least two members and that have no gaps. Michael Hardy (talk) 18:18, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

Ipse dixit[edit]

In the third paragraph, there is the phrase "results now included in a standard mathematics curriculum". This is an ipse dixit. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 78.210.30.116 (talk) 10:30, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

GEORG CANTOR WAS RUSSIAN[edit]

when Wikipedia becomes nothing more than a peddler of Encyclopedia Brittanica Pop knowledge - you might as well close shop - for those who created the Georg Cantor webpage - EB is NOT a reputable source - THINKING is - try to THINK before you undo my edits - obviously you struggle with this and just fall back on EB as your "source" of the golden noodle - that is like saying the Sunday Mirror is a news source OR any other cheap trash tabloid - the man was born in St. Petersburg - he is RUSSIAN and always will be Russian - stop trying to claim him for Germany - you say you are not concerned with nationalistic sentiments - FINE - leave it alone and stop undoing the CORRECTIONS - — Preceding unsigned comment added by DigiSequenceSystem (talkcontribs) 12:14, 11 October 2015 (UTC)

CENSORSHIP[edit]

you continue to deny FACTS in favor of sensational claims supported by the beacon of TRUTH - Encyclopedia Brittanica - block me - it ONLY shows you are weak and fail to accept the FACT that Cantor was RUSSIAN - repeated attempts to claim him for Germany are driven by your own nationalistic bias - it speaks volumes about the lack of integrity of your webpage being - you cannot censor TRUTH - any idiot except you of course can see the man was Russian - Germany is well-known for stealing ideas from the Jews to make themselves look superior - this is simply another case of that and YOU in your ignorance support it - memo to idiots like YOU - Russia is capable of producing world class mathematicians too - despit the lies you peddle - Germany is not the only country that studies mathematics dum dum — Preceding unsigned comment added by 84.92.101.123 (talk) 08:46, 14 October 2015 (UTC)

The Truth will prevail - after being blocked by YOU from editing for 2 months - I return - to correct your ignorance - CANTOR WAS RUSSIAN — Preceding unsigned comment added by 94.119.64.7 (talk) 15:42, 5 December 2015 (UTC)

Remove nationality?[edit]

I wonder if it wouldn't be justified under WP:IAR to just remove any mention of nationality from the first sentence and the infobox. While WP:MOSBIO does mention "location or nationality" as an element that will usually be in the lead paragraph, MOSBIO is a guideline, and guidelines allow for exceptions.

People, please, it does not matter whether Cantor was German or Russian. Get over your stupid nationalisms. His importance is as a mathematician. --Trovatore (talk) 20:16, 5 December 2015 (UTC)

Seems like a good idea to me. Paul August 20:42, 5 December 2015 (UTC)
My hesitation is that I don't want to set a precedent for a hecklers' veto. Cantor spoke and wrote in German, not Russian (I don't know that he didn't know Russian, but I haven't seen records of him using it), he belonged to the German state church, and he lived most of his life in Germany. I think most sources are going to describe him as German.
But he didn't do his mathematics for the Tsar or the Kaiser; he did it for God, who has no nationality. --Trovatore (talk) 20:59, 5 December 2015 (UTC)