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Was Cantor Surprised?

Was Cantor Surprised?

Fernando Gouvêa

This is a sample article from the March 2011 issue of The American Mathematical Monthly.

Abstract: We look at the circumstances and context of Cantor's famous remark, "I see it, but I don't believe it." We argue that, rather than denoting astonishment at his result, the remark pointed to Cantor's worry about the correctness of his proof.

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