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Topic: Is zero an approximation?
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 The Scarlet Manuka Posts: 1,306 Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Is zero an approximation?
Posted: Nov 30, 2001 3:09 AM

"Paul Lutus" <nospam@nosite.zzz> wrote in message
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> "The Scarlet Manuka" <sacha@maths.uwa.edu.au> wrote in message
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>

> > > That is not the subject. The subject is whether infinity is a member
of
> > > the number system that permits ordinary arithmetic operations. Read
the
> > > thread, don't drift it.
> >
> > The answer to that question is that it is a member of some such
> > systems, but not all of them. There is no One True Number System.

>
> True and irrelevant. Read it again! Read it until it sinks in:
>
> That is not the subject. The subject is whether infinity is a member of

the
> number system that permits ordinary arithmetic operations. Read the
> don't drift it.

Your question is not well defined, because "the number system that
permits ordinary arithmetic operations" is not well defined. There
are several different number systems that permit the ordinary
arithmetic operations. Furthermore, some of them contain infinity
and others do not. Thus your question does not have a meaningful

Does that explain it in sufficient detail for you to understand,
or should I try to reduce it to words of at most two syllables?

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The Scarlet Manuka

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