On 22 Apr., 20:48, david petry <david_lawrence_pe...@yahoo.com> 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.