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Topic: Matheology § 257
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Re: Matheology § 257
Posted: Apr 23, 2013 6:33 AM
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On 22 Apr., 20:48, 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.

I took the liberty to add these lines to § 257

Regards, WM

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