Date: Jan 12, 2013 4:47 PM
Subject: Re: Finitely definable reals.
WM <email@example.com> wrote:
> On 11 Jan., 23:30, Virgil <vir...@ligriv.com> wrote:
> > > But my question aimed at the application of undefined reals in
> > > mathematics.
> > Without them one cannot have a complete infinite Archimedean ordered
> > field such as the real number field.
> And with them one cannot have it either.
Perhaps not in WMytheology, but one can most other places.
> Try to discern a real that is not in the Binary Tree constructed from
> a countable set.
I do not find any reals IN binary trees.
> > > No, you misunderstand again. Cantor's opinion was (and did not change
> > > until he died) that undefined items are nonsense. And ofcourse he was
> > > absolutely right.
> > But he still showed that the set of real numbers, i.e., the objects
> > forming the unique Archimedean complete totally ordered field was not a
> > countable set in the sense that no surjection from |N to that set is
> > possible.
> He assumed that a set of all naturals exist, which is an assumption as
> wrong as the assumption that a set of naturals can have cardinality 10
> and sum 10.
It is only "wrong" in dim dark places like WMYTHEOLOGY.
> > One may know that a real is between 0.1 and 0.2 but still not finitely
> > definable. In fact one may know a real accurate to any finite number of
> > decimals places but still have it undefineable any further.
> which is tantamount to *not* having any real number but only a
> rational interval.
So, according to WM, one can have an interval without having any of its
> > So if you only know its first n digits, that number is one of those
> > undefineables that WM claims do nt exist..
> No, there is no number known. Of course there are definable rationals
> and reals in the interval.
Then one has at least one number.
> > > There are two cases:
> > > 1) If a Cantor list is finitely defined, then you know the entry in
> > > every line and you know every digit of the diagonal.
> > So that every list of finitely defined basal numerals, with base >=4,
> > is incomplete since its antidiagonal is not listed.
> Not a list which contains all (terminating) representations of
Such a list is trivially incomplete without ever worrying about
antidiagonals, since there is no base in which every rational has a
terminating represention, much less very real.
> > > 2) If a Cantor list is undefined and has only, as usual, the first
> > > three lines and then an "and so on", then you do neither know the
> > > following entries nor the digits of the diagonal. Nothing is
> > > "discernible" then except the theorem that two decimals which differ
> > > at some place are not identical. But that is not a deep recognition.
> > But any assertion that a list of basal numerals is COMPLETE is
> > falsified by the existence of anti-diagonals which are provably not in
> > the original list.
> It is already falsified by the non-existence of the sets of naturals
> mentioned above.
I see no such mention.
> Regards, WM