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Bernhard Riemann: The Habilitation Dissertation

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For the show this week, we rebroadcast a presentation on Bernhard Riemann’s habilitation dissertation, "on the hypotheses which underlie geometry." Here, Riemann strips away two thousand years of Euclid to show that geometry must be based on physics, rather than a priori assumptions, and that science itself must be based on discovery, rather than deduction. Riemann’s work was crucial in Lyndon LaRouche’s intellectual development, and takes on a renewed importance today in understanding the calamitous attacks on science starting in 1900.

How Bernhard Riemann’s 1854 Habilition Dissertation re-defined the nature of geometry, physics, and the human mind. Often wrongly considered as simply a mathematician, Riemann places Mind at the centre of science, and his programmatic outlook requires that any serious scientist study the creative process itself. Jason Ross presents Riemann’s work and its implications.