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Posted by Aurino C Souza on August 8, 2002 12:25:21 UTC

" Math is perfect if applied correctly to a problem "

Math isn't always perfect. See Godel.

" The Incompleteness Theorem is something I've felt was unnecessary. "

I used to think the same, until yesterday.

" When I heard about it, I was a mailman, not a space scientist. "

Maybe that explains the above? Godel was not a mailman, but then he wasn't a space scientist either.

" Does it have any uses, or is it just a useless curiosity? "

It does have uses. When I came across what I thought was a silly logical mistakes on Dick's part I was puzzled, because Dick is not a man who makes silly logical mistakes. When I realized that the problem in Dick's paper was similar to the situation I was joking about in the forum, it dawned on me that there are in fact some situations when logic supports two contradictory results.

I never cease to be amazed at how brilliant those historical figures were, as well as how frustratingly difficult it can be to understand them sometimes.

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