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Thus that which the mind in its limited form considers as a mere idea, is in terms of its absolute existence a real object” (Maimon, 1790:228). Infinitesimals and the second foundational crisis of mathematics Newton discovered his first “calculus” in 1665-1666. 3 Yet he only published his discovery in 1684 and 1686. This “calculus” was known as infinitesimal analysis and was subdivided into differential calculus and integral calculus. In differential calculus it is possible, for instance, to determine the inclination of a given curve at any point (the inclination is trigonometrically indicated by means of the tangent).

099999 ... are consistently represented in the form with nines). Suppose a denumeration x1, x2, x3, ... e. e. a1 a2 a3... b 1 b 2b3 ............ c1 c2 c3 ........... If another number can be found between 0 and 1 which differs from every xn, it would mean that every denumeration of the real numbers would leave out at least one real number, which would prove that the real numbers are non-denumerable. , with y1 ¹ 0, a1 and 9; y2 ¹ 0, b2 and 9; y3 ¹ 0, c3 and 9; and so forth. e. 0 £ y £ 1). The number y does not have two decimal representations since every decimal number in its decimal development is unequal to 0 and 9.

E. e. 5+2=7). This sequence of fractions approaches 2 alternately from both sides, namely: 1 7 41 239 1393 577 99 17 3 < < < < < ×× < 2 < ×× < < < < 1 5 29 169 985 408 70 12 2 To the left and right of 2 we find two sequences of rational numbers which both approximate 2 as their limit. e. smaller than an arbitrary rational number Î > 0, as it was later formulated), it is clear that the numerical character of 2 cannot be defined by means of the limit concept, since the limit concept presupposes that whatever functions as limit must already be a number.