are axioms and postulates assumptions or universal truths?

Asked by  | 25th Jul, 2014, 07:15: PM

Expert Answer:

If nothing is assumed, nothing can be deduced.
Conclusions follow from old knowledge is the core principle of modern mathematics.
Axioms and postulates are the basic assumptions of deductive knowledge.
An axiom is a self evident assumption.
Postulates are the set of hypotheses at the basic level, which were accepted without proof.

Answered by Vimala Ramamurthy | 26th Jul, 2014, 12:10: PM