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Topic: ? 514 Survey among mathematicians
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Re: ? 514 Survey among mathematicians
Posted: Jun 3, 2014 9:42 AM
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On 6/3/2014 12:26 AM, John Gabriel wrote:
>> On Tuesday, 3 June 2014 02:36:11 UTC+2, Virgil wrote:
>> The enumeration of the rationals lasts forever.
> That's really funny. If the enumeration lasts forever, then it can never be completed, in which case, is it ever possible to call it an enumeration?
> It's like 0.333... When does it ever become 1/3? Never, because the 3s go on *forever*.
> See Virgil, nothing goes on forever. There is no such thing as forever or infinity or infinitely small or any other nonsense.

Get off. One third is
also written 1/3 and
0.333.... Actually, it's
written 3 overbar, point
three with the line over
the repeating part instead
of 0.33(3)....

Furthermore it is clear the
exact value at a place of a
rational number, to infinity.

Also for any irrational number
as it is so defined, it is so.

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