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Posted by Paul R. Martin on December 31, 2001 04:57:55 UTC

Hi Harv,

Believe it or not I almost included a "Theorem" stated in your primitive terms with my tongue very much in my cheek, but I decided to keep it serious.

As for the point you were trying to emphasize, I am not sure it would have made the point even though I do agree with it. I have a strong suspicion that there are a few inspired individuals on earth from time to time. These few sometimes try to reveal what they know to the rest of us. In the case of great mathematicians, they have a rigorous language to use and are thus have some considerable success. Others resort to poetry or other literature and have various levels of success.

In the case of inspired mathematics, the rest of us are taught to accept their results as they are derived using pure logic from a basis of undefined terms and axioms. This method works for communicating the working concept, but it does not reveal the inspiration. I have to agree with you that even though the gibberish might be useful in correctly directing machines into doing useful work, there must still be some inspired meaning behind it all. You have made a good case.

Warm regards, and Happy New Year,

Paul

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