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    • CommentRowNumber1.
    • CommentAuthorUrs
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2015

    added to the entry on David Hilbert a pointer to this remarkable recording:

    • David Hilbert, Naturerkennen und Logik, Lecture at the Kongress der Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärtze, 1930 (sound recording)

    Added this pointer also, cross-link wise, at Galileo Galilei and at The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences

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    • CommentAuthorDavid_Corfield
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2015

    So is that the four minutes being talked about here:

    In Königsberg on 8 September 1930, David Hilbert addressed the yearly meeting of the Society of German Natural Scientists and Physicians (Gesellschaft der Deutschen Naturforscher und Ärzte). Generally regarded as the world’s leading mathematician, Hilbert was born and educated in Königsberg and spent the early years of his career there. Retiring at age sixty-eight from his professorship at Göttingen, he was being honored by his home city. Hilbert forcefully delineated a basic tenet of his research philosophy —that every mathematical problem is solvable—and countered a widespread but controversial opposing opinion. Shortly afterward, he read on German radio a four minute version of the finale of his speech.

    Is the full address anywhere?

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    • CommentAuthorUrs
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2015

    Ah, thanks for the pdf! That’s it. Much better. I’ll add the link to that.