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Topic: Infinity: The Story So Far
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Peter Percival

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Re: Infinity: The Story So Far
Posted: Mar 6, 2014 7:40 AM
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Virgil wrote:
> In article <lf83m8$tqh$>,
> Peter Percival <> wrote:

>> Virgil wrote:
>>> In article <>,
>>> wrote:

>>>> But he claimes that the Peano-axioms supply the natural numbers of formal
>>>> mathematics. So the natural numbers of formal mathematics are:
>>>> 1, -10, 100, -1000, ...

>>> Only in wierd places like WM's wild weird world of WMytheology.
>>> Elsewhere, the successor operation is denoted by adding one.

>> I don't think that is correct.

> In abstract induction it need not be, but in the standard set of
> naturals, which is what WM is arguing about, it most assuredly is.

But what are the naturals defined to be? If it's "things satisfying
Peano's axioms" then 1, -10, 100, -1000, ... (with the appropriate S) do
the job.

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