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Topic: When 0 divided by 0 isn't infinity... (was: Re: I lost an account...)
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 Dr W. E. \(Bill\) Goodrich Posts: 3 Registered: 12/13/04
Re: When 0 divided by 0 isn't infinity... (was: Re: I lost an account...)
Posted: Feb 7, 2004 7:52 PM

"David A. Seiver" <grizebar@earthlink.net> wrote in message
> On Sun, 8 Feb 2004 00:05:18 -0000, "Dr W. E. \(Bill\) Goodrich"
> <bgoodrich@psych.mit.edu> wrote:
>

> >> Assuming that zero is a real number, it would be considered the
> >> smallest concievable number. So, that is the inverse of Zero? The
> >> largest conceivable number, or Infinity.

> >
> >I wish it were that simple.

> 1/.00000000001=10000000000

This is OK as far as it goes. But, it has limits.

> Number divided by Really Small Number = Really Big Number.
>
> THEREFORE...
>
> 1/0= Really, Most Sincerely The Biggest Freakin' Number You Can
> Imagine, or INFINITAY. Ja? Goot! Undt So... Ve haf zum zimple
> mathematics, as least that's what I leant in school.

That's right, it's simple - but it quickly throws up issues which "HAFF" to
be dealt with!

Und ziss ist der weg von vitch ve begin to unterstandt der Mathematik, und,
spater, die Welt! Als Wittgenstein sagt, "Die Welt ist alle vitch ist der
case". I don't really thing he meant cheese, but my German is poor. So poor,
in fact, that I'm setting up a trust fund for him.

Bill

Bill