August Leopold Crelle
(11 Mar 1780 - 6 Oct 1855)
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Objections inspired Kronecker and others to attack Weierstrass sequential definition of irrationals. Nevertheless, right or wrong, Weierstrass and his school made the theory work. The most useful results they obtained have not yet been questioned, at least on the ground of their great utility in mathematical analysis and its implications, by any competent judge in his right mind. This does not mean that objections cannot be well taken: it merely calls attention to the fact that in mathematics, as in everything else, this earth is not yet to be confused with the Kingdom of Heaven, that perfection is a chimaera, and that, in the words of Crelle, we can only hope for closer and closer approximations to mathematical truthwhatever that may be, if anythingprecisely as in the Weierstrassian theory of convergent sequences of rationals defining irrationals.
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