We live in a complex world, but it is possible to understand even “irrational” aspects of it.
What is the connection between mathematics and heroism? At first, the two hardly seem related–math is about measuring things, and heroes do immeasurable good. Isn’t one limited and the other limitless?
But the two are, in fact, connected. To become a leader, which is the foundation of being a true hero, you have to know who you are. You have to have a strong grip on reality. But this very reality is often questioned, with a common argument being that we live in an irrational world, and that the existence of the so-called “irrational numbers” in nature make any attempt to understand reality impossible. How can we respond to such a claim?
In this adapted excerpt from the book Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge, author Clemens Lode sheds light on how the source of these numbers is indeed quite rational.
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