Ghosts of Departed Quantities

29 May 2013
Levon Haykazyan
Concepts such as infinitesimal numbers and fluxions have been used by Leibnitz and Newton for the initial development of calculus. However, their non-rigorous nature has caused a lot of controversy and they have eventually been phased out by epsilon-delta definitions. In early 60s Abraham Robinson realised that methods of mathematical logic can be used to provide rigorous meaning to such concepts. This talk is a gentle introduction to some of Robinson's ideas.