Identifying the Follies of Mathematics

As characteristic of his methodological approach to all subjects, Aristotle carefully defined a few of the limitations of mathematics that ultimately dictated his future studies:

  1. Although relating geometry to mathematics is supreme, mathematics is limited by precision. A straight line is not one hundred percent straight and a two objects are not technically touching, therefore mathematics cannot always be precise.
  2. The fact that not everything mathematical that Aristotle studied could not be modeled in the physical world frustrated Aristotle immensely. Therefore, Aristotle offered another limitation or roadblock known as separability: mathematics cannot exist in the physical world and be both separate from from physical matter.

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