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III 25
Axioms/geometry/Hilbert: can do without real numbers. - Quantifiers: go beyond regions of the physical space - predicates: among others: "is a point"- "x is between y u z", - "inclusive betweenness": i.e. it is permissible that y = x or y = z.
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III 26
Segment congruence/congruence: (instead of distance) four-digit predicate "xy cong zw" intuitively: "the distance between point x and point y is the same as that from point z to point w". - Angle congruence: six-digit predicate "xyz-" W-Comg tuv-": the angle xyz (with y as the tip) has the same size as the angle tuv (with u as a tip) - N.B./Field: Distance and angle size cannot be defined at all because it is not quantified using real numbers.
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III 32
Addition/multiplication: not possible in Hilbert's geometry - (only with arbitrary zero point and arbitrary 1). Solution: intervals instead of points.
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III 32 f
Hilbert/Geometry/Axioms/Field: Multiplication of intervals: not possible because we need an arbitrary "unity-interval" - solution: comparison of products of intervals - Generalization/Field: is then possible on products of space-time intervals with scalar intervals ((s) E.g. temperature difference, pressure difference) - Field: therefore space-time points cannot be regarded as real numbers.
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III
Geometry/Field: a) metric: platonic, quantification via real numbers (> functions)
b) synthetic: without real numbers: E.g. Hilbert, also Euclid (because he had no theory of real numbers).
(Also possible without functions) - advantage: no external, causally irrelevant entities.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Field I
H. Field
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989

Field II
H. Field
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001

Field III
H. Field
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980

Field IV
Hartry Field
"Realism and Relativism", The Journal of Philosophy, 76 (1982), pp. 553-67
In
Theories of Truth, Paul Horwich, Aldershot 1994


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