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But Alexander Could Have Made A Better Argument Vs Goedel

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Posted by Whittier on August 8, 2002 03:56:47 UTC

You Guys and Goedel are so funny...
Math is perfect if applied correctly to a problem.

Luis wrote:
"Godel brought to light with his Incompleteness Theorem ...that math itself (and thus logic, as you point out) is imperfect. Specifically, a mathematical set will always be capable of generating problems that it cannot resolve without amending itself.

The Incompleteness Theorem is something I've felt
was unnecessary. When I heard about it, I was a mailman, not a space scientist. Does it have any uses, or is it just a useless curiosity?

Luis wrote:
"It was my (and others') big contention with Alexander, who claimed math was 'perfect,' but who hasn't been around for ages. Yours is a neat example;"

At the risk of being accurate beyond politeness, I observe that was a "nut" example. And since my name was pulled into the example in question, I think I'm not being impolite...unless I don't understand which example you mean?

Math may be perfect in another way. If applied
to the problem at hand, it sometimes gives a perfect result.

MP







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