Date: Jul 25, 2013 3:27 AM
Author: Michael Klemm
Subject: Re: G. E. Lessing on a Matheologican

Roland Franzius wrote:

> Satirical of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

> around 1750

> taunting a swabian theologist with mathematical ambitions

...

> He boldly taunts those x + z

> (Since what is easier than taunting?)

What does "x+z" with the rediculas rhyming word

"geschmäht" in the original version

http://www.zeno.org/nid/20005258049

mean? I think x could be an integral multiple

of pi and z a second integer. Then one has

a torsion free abelian group. As the irrationality

of pi was not yet known in 1750 the question

was perhaps whether the rank of this group

is 1 or 2.

Regards

Michael