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Topic: The MYTH of TRANSFINITE SIZED SETS!
Replies: 2   Last Post: Jan 12, 2013 4:41 PM

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 Graham Cooper Posts: 4,495 Registered: 5/20/10
The MYTH of TRANSFINITE SIZED SETS!
Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:13 AM

Consider this Dialog with a Transfinite Theorist CAM who believes
Cantor's proof is that there are more than the amount of natural
numbers of real numbers...

TOM: I can describe part of my infinite list of real numbers..

CAM: OK go on!

TOM: The first real begins 0.5...

CAM: I can describe 9 missing reals!

TOM: OK go on!

CAM:
A real beginning 0.0... is missing from your list!
A real beginning 0.1... is missing from your list!
A real beginning 0.2... is missing from your list!
A real beginning 0.3... is missing from your list!
A real beginning 0.4... is missing from your list!
A real beginning 0.6... is missing from your list!
A real beginning 0.7... is missing from your list!
A real beginning 0.8... is missing from your list!
A real beginning 0.9... is missing from your list!

TOM: Don't be absurd! How could you know what was missing from my
infinite list?

CAM: I changed the first digit of the first real in your list!

A real beginning 0.0... is different than your 1st real!
A real beginning 0.1... is different than your 1st real!
A real beginning 0.2... is different than your 1st real!
A real beginning 0.3... is different than your 1st real!
A real beginning 0.4... is different than your 1st real!
A real beginning 0.6... is different than your 1st real!
A real beginning 0.7... is different than your 1st real!
A real beginning 0.8... is different than your 1st real!
A real beginning 0.9... is different than your 1st real!

TOM: OK here is 1 more digit from my list. X is currently unknown.

0.5...
0.X3...

CAM: I can describe roughly 81 missing reals from your list!

TOM: OK here are 2 more digits from my list to add!

0.56...
0.73...

CAM: Now I can describe nearly 162 missing reals from this list

0.56..
0.73..

and this list

0.73...
0.56...

*****************************

In fact, CAM can show up to ( barring duplicates )

9*9*9*9*9....*9 *N*N-1*N-2*....*2*1

MISSING REALS just by perusing the first N digits of the first N
reals!

By the Pigeon Hole principle, this is MAGNITUDES GREATER

than the total possible number of digit combinations possible with N
digits!

In Fact, give a medium sized list of reals you could fit in a sheet of
paper

ALL DIGIT SEQUENCES ARE *MISSING* !

Herc

Date Subject Author
1/12/13 Graham Cooper
1/12/13 Prai Jei
1/12/13 Graham Cooper