What is the difference between an Axiom and postulate?

Asked by applee123 | 2nd Nov, 2009, 10:19: AM

Expert Answer:

The differences are really subtle and pointed out by Proclus. They are listed below:

1/An axiom is self-evident assumed statement about something, and a postulate is a self-evident assumed construction of something. It's just like theorems and constructed theorems.

2/An axiom is an assumption common to all sciences, whereas a postulate is an assumption specific to a specific science being studied.

3/An axiom is an assumption of something that is both obvious and acceptable to the learner, while a postulate may be not necessarily so.




Answered by  | 2nd Nov, 2009, 12:18: PM

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