Date: Mar 25, 2013 5:36 PM
Author: mueckenh@rz.fh-augsburg.de
Subject: Re: Matheology § 224

On 25 Mrz., 21:43, Virgil <vir...@ligriv.com> wrote:

> > That is the question too. Why has never anybody written the complete
> > decimal- or binary expansion of a periodic rational?

>
> Everyone who tried died of boredom before finishing.


In brief: It is impossible.
>
> No one has ever written down an actual number rather than the name of,
> or numeral for, that number, so according to WM's thesis, we might as
> well ignore all numbers entirely, as we never actually deal with them
> directly.


No. We deal with irrational numbers by using their names. Alas, the
set of names is countable.

Regards, WM