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Topic: Matheology § 257
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Re: Matheology § 257
Posted: Apr 22, 2013 3:37 PM
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On 4/22/2013 1:48 PM, david petry wrote:
> On Monday, April 22, 2013 4:53:22 AM UTC-7, fom wrote:

>>> [Gregory Chaitin: "How real are real numbers?" (2004)]
> (a quote from Chaitin):

>> "In spite of the fact that most individual real
>> numbers will forever escape us, the notion
>> of an arbitrary real has beautiful mathematical
>> properties and is a concept that helps us
>> to organize and understand the real world.
>> Individual concepts in a theory do not need
>> to have concrete meaning on their own; it is
>> enough if the theory as a whole can be
>> compared with the results of experiments."

> Some mathematicians write so beautifully that
> they should be poets. I mean, they should be poets
> instead of being mathematicians. As poets, they wouldn't
> be doing any real harm.
> Artistic license is out of place in mathematics.

Fair enough. But, you seem to have stopped
reading at the word "beautiful".

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