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Posted by Michael W. Pearson on April 23, 2002 04:48:41 UTC

Paul wrote:
"If your usage of the elipsis in your term ".99999..." is consistent with common mathematical and scientific usage, the difference between those two numbers is zero"

Common usage is our guide to time-worn
memorization...remember what Feynman said
about his experience teaching in bongoland
(which he loved)

...yet a mystery
with which you are well acquainted is
what happens to your geometrical relationship
with things visual when you have been approaching
light speed, then actually attain it.
That .99999.... and 1.0 are not the same number
in that instance.

Still, your quick patronizing dismissal is
certainly better than some of the responses I get
from lesser minds than yours.

Hmmm-m-m...could be another pattern emerging there. Thanks

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