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 November 12th, 2010, 05:25 AM #1 Banned Camp   Joined: Jun 2010 Posts: 17 Thanks: 0 Mathematics Ends in Meaninglessness ie self-contradiction This author claims to show Mathematics Ends in Meaninglessness ie self-contradiction for 4 reasons http://www.scribd.com/doc/40697621/Math ... tradiction 1 1=.99[bar] 2 1+1=1 3 axiom of separation is impredicative 4 formal mathematics ends in meaninglessness
 November 12th, 2010, 05:39 AM #2 Global Moderator     Joined: Nov 2009 From: Northwest Arkansas Posts: 2,766 Thanks: 4 Re: Mathematics Ends in Meaninglessness ie self-contradictio HHHHHHHHAH! Obviously, this "essay" is total b.s. (and I'm not referring to all the letters after that guy's name...) .999999999999999 is NOT an infinite number. You can think of it as a convergent (bounded) series. Sure, the number of TERMS is infinite, but the value is not. Also, using the "definition" of infinity at "mathisfun.com" is bogus. Why not use my definition? "An infinite number is a number that equals 1, if you write it in a crazy way." 1 + 1 = 1 ?? The only contradiction lies in the idiot who decided to use the same character/notation (i.e. "1") to represent 3 different things. Call the first pile of salt A, the second B, and the third C A + B = C. Life-changing? Wait... I'm starting to think this is just a publicity stunt for the "leading erotic poet"... Well, YOU GOT ME!
 November 12th, 2010, 10:28 AM #3 Global Moderator     Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC -5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms Re: Mathematics Ends in Meaninglessness ie self-contradictio Listen to the All-Knowing Ear, he speaks truth.
 November 12th, 2010, 10:54 AM #4 Global Moderator     Joined: Nov 2009 From: Northwest Arkansas Posts: 2,766 Thanks: 4 Re: Mathematics Ends in Meaninglessness ie self-contradictio We honor the half hour that it took to create that image when we speak truth.
 January 18th, 2011, 08:57 PM #5 Banned Camp   Joined: Jun 2010 Posts: 17 Thanks: 0 Re: Mathematics Ends in Meaninglessness ie self-contradictio fact is when maths says a finite number ie 1 = an infinte number .99[bar] it is a contradiction in terms thus maths ends in meaninglessness
 January 18th, 2011, 10:41 PM #6 Global Moderator     Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC -5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms Re: Mathematics Ends in Meaninglessness ie self-contradictio 0.999... is not infinite.
 January 19th, 2011, 05:45 AM #7 Global Moderator     Joined: Nov 2009 From: Northwest Arkansas Posts: 2,766 Thanks: 4 Re: Mathematics Ends in Meaninglessness ie self-contradictio Yeah!

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