Second, let us remark on the sheer number of prominent logicians and statistical mechanists that have gone mad and ended their own lives, or died in an insane asylum. Among them we count Goedel of his sentence, Cantor of his set and his infinities, Mayer, Boltzmann, Lewis, Ehrenfest, Kaczynski (better known for his other work), Hausdorff, Lyapunov, Turing.

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Let us begin, as all good mathematicians do, with premises. First, that as G. K. Chesterton once said, “Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom. I am not, as will be seen, in any sense attacking logic: I only say that this danger does lie in logic, not in imagination.”