Gene Ward Smith wrote: > Stephen Montgomery-Smith wrote: > > >>This whole thread has left a bad taste in my mouth because of the speed >>at which people were willing to spew abuse on him. > > > If Norm's article had not been very rude, which it was, I think the > response would have been different.
I would describe it as provocative rather than rude. He had a very forceful style, but his language stayed professional.
>>There is clearly a problem that there are >>numbers between 1 and googolplex that we can never write down or >>meaningfully describe. What makes us think that they are really there? >> The evidence is at best empirical. > > > Saying you are not allowed to prove the fundamental theorem of number > theory strikes me as a really, really, really bad way to try to do > number theory,
In context, his remark that his number "in effect" has no prime factorization is rather sharp. I *think* I disagree with him, but I greatly respect his point of view.
> and speaking of religion, it seems almost like a > religious objection here. >