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G. E. Lessing on a Matheologican
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Jul 25, 2013 3:27 AM




Re: G. E. Lessing on a Matheologican
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Jul 25, 2013 3:27 AM


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



