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School Festival: Summer Solstice
Posted:
Apr 9, 2015 4:25 PM



My Bridge to Nowhere Eskimos are not necessarily the real Eskimos of the Bridge to Nowhere region [1], but rather are inhabitants of Erewhone, i.e. "nowhere" spelled "backwards" (not my invention [2]).
Our festival involves Real Pie i.e. pizza, not "perfect" by the criteria of Platonists, but "right for the plate". We set an empty plate out for Plato saying his "imaginary Pie" floats there. We use the ancient Greek Pi symbol for his place tag. Much merriment is had.
We also get away with calling them the "real" numbers a lot. Because we're so vested in the C types and such objects of computer memory, we think in terms of floats, extended ints, various hybrids (octonians might be nifty). We rarely have need for the "reals" and so can afford to "scare quote" the whole notion.
That being said, N < Z < Q < R < C < H < O remains useful, even if we don't use the Aleph stuff or buy into much Twisted Pretzel (what Lower48 calls "the infinity symbol" as if there were only one). Cantor is still cool and we love Fractals.
Then it's time to play with toys. We've had our carbs and now should spend them. We don't "stuff ourselves" just prepare ourselves for some serious joule spending in the great outdoors. Lots of snow on the ground. We have many words for it.
Kirby
[1] http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9737243 (many kinds of Eskimos)
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erewhon



