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Topic: All the arithmetic operators are a kind of measure.
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LudovicoVan

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Re: All the arithmetic operators are a kind of measure.
Posted: Nov 1, 2017 7:26 AM
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On Monday, October 30, 2017 at 11:53:10 PM UTC+1, John Gabriel wrote:

> **** A number is the measure of a magnitude ****

From the Greek Arithmetike meaning the art of counting. But a reduction of
mathematics to arithmetic is just naive, there is algebra, i.e. mathematics
and numbers as a symbolic game, which comes later, from the Arabs, and in
fact subsumes arithmetic. We can now use mathematics (numbers) to talk
about literally anything (that is coherent and precise enough as to be
formalisable). E.g. about where exactly Achilles reaches the tortoise,
and if "your system" cannot answer a valid question, that is only about
limitations intrinsic to "your system", not to mathematics itself: just
use a system that is correct and powerful enough for the job.

Julio



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