# Edward Nelson

American mathematical physicist and logician

**Edward Nelson** (May 4, 1932 – September 10, 2014) was a professor in the Mathematics Department at Princeton University. He was known for his work on mathematical physics and mathematical logic.

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## Quotes

edit- The subject matter of mathematics is the expressions themselves together with the rules for manipulating them—nothing more.
- Nelson, E. (1986).
*Predicative Arithmetic*. Princeton: Princeton University Press. p. 173. ISBN 0-691-08455-6. OCLC 14001745.

- Nelson, E. (1986).
- Intellectual property is an oxymoron.
- (2015). "Edward Nelson (1932–2014)".
*The Review of Symbolic Logic***8**(03): 607–610. ISSN 1755-0203. DOI:10.1017/S1755020315000015.

- (2015). "Edward Nelson (1932–2014)".

## Quotes about Nelson

edit- Nelson rejected the prevailing views to the effect that nonstandard analysis operates with some fictional elements that extend the standard world of mathematical entities. In his approach, nonstandard objects inhabit the realm of the most ordinary mathematical objects. Nelson emphasized the creative syntactic contribution of the new approach in the following terms: “Really new in nonstandard analysis are not theorems but the notions,
*i.e.*, external predicates.” (Nelson 1988 ...)- Mikhail G. Katz and Semen S. Kutateladze: (September 2015)"Edward Nelson (1932–2014)".
*The Review of Symbolic Logic***8**(3): 607–610. doi:10.1017/S1755020315000015 arXiv preprint

- Mikhail G. Katz and Semen S. Kutateladze: (September 2015)"Edward Nelson (1932–2014)".