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James Hunter

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Re: Is zero an approximation?
Posted: Dec 2, 2001 6:15 PM
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Stephen Norris wrote:

> >S

> Is zero an approximation to what??

> Obviously zero is not 'approximately' equal to infinity as the previous author
> might be claiming (??? I couldn't quite follow some of it).
>
> zero IS an approximation to 0.1, actually a first-order approximation, though I
> suspect that isn't quite what the author had in mind.
>
> In fact (I write as someone with an Oxford maths degree), although the Natural
> numbers (counting numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 etc) are perfectly adequate for
> enumeration and addition, if one starts using subtraction and division then 0
> and infinity are required to turn the numbers into a field (or ring) with 2
> operators, otherwise there are too many complications (eg -1+1=1 and similar).
>
> Nothing can be taken for granted when counting the postive and negative
> integers.


That's true, but where this all started requires an Oxford *physics*
degree to understand, since we're really discussing
Newton's somewhat useless *limits*.










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