Simplicity and the quest for ultimate (mathematical) truth
Hugh Woodin, University of California, Berkeley
03:45-4:15 Thursday April 4
Simplicity considerations can and have been used to justify axioms, however this has always occurred after the axioms have been generally accepted for other reasons. Can simplicity considerations actually play a role in the discovery of new axioms, or even be the source of new conjectures? The emerging evidence is that such considerations can play a vital role.