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