Date: Feb 5, 2013 6:26 AM
Author: Frederick Williams
Subject: Re: Which naturals better?
JT wrote:

>

> On 4 Feb, 11:02, Frederick Williams <freddywilli...@btinternet.com>

> wrote:

> > JT wrote:

> >

> > > Building new natural numbers without zero using NyaN, in any base,

> > > [...]

> >

> > You seem to confuse numbers and digits. Both of these are true:

> > There is a number zero.

> > Numbers can be symbolized without the digit zero.

>

> No there is no zero in my list of naturals, in my list is each natural

> number a discrete ***items***, ***entity*** with a magnitude.

Fairy snuff. It used to be common to define the natural numbers as

these: 1, 2, 3, ... Now 0, 1, 2, 3, ... is more common. If you prefer

the older definition I doubt that people will mind.

Zero is quite useful even if you don't want to call it a natural

number. For example, one may have no money in one's bank account. How

many pennies (cents, etc) is that? Zero.

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When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by

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