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cyclomethane@gmail.com
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:59 am    Post subject: Why you can not count real number? Reply with quote

Is there any problem if I make a hypothesis that real number is
countable?
Just the probability that you can make more and more number as you go?
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David C. Ullrich
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Why you can not count real number? Reply with quote

On 10 Jul 2006 04:59:41 -0700, "phadamasci" <cyclomethane@gmail.com>
wrote:

Quote:
Is there any problem if I make a hypothesis that real number is
countable?

Yes, because the real numbers are _not_ countable.

Quote:
Just the probability that you can make more and more number as you go?


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Dave Seaman
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Why you can not count real number? Reply with quote

On 10 Jul 2006 04:59:41 -0700, phadamasci wrote:
Quote:
Is there any problem if I make a hypothesis that real number is
countable?

Any single real number is countable. It's the set of all real numbers
that is uncountable.

Quote:
Just the probability that you can make more and more number as you go?

Some sets, such as the rationals, are countably infinite. To say that a
set is uncountable is much stronger than merely saying the set is
infinite.


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BuddhaThu
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Why you can not count real number? Reply with quote

Dear phad,

Yes, real numbers can be counted. They are discrete and finite, even
though their purpose of existence is to measure continuity.

Any real number no matter how small will always be finite, i.e. .5,
..55, .555, .55555,.5555555 etc...

It will possess the Archimedean property.

The infinitesimal, however, expressed as 1/x is a whole new different
structure. It will supersede all positive and discrete real numbers
above.

It generalizes the direction of real into a vector of infinity. There
is no more counting, i.e. .555555555555555555555555555555 ad infinitum.


I hope that I have answered your question.

B.T.

phadamasci wrote:
Quote:
Is there any problem if I make a hypothesis that real number is
countable?
Just the probability that you can make more and more number as you go?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Why you can not count real number? Reply with quote

phadamasci wrote:
Quote:
Is there any problem if I make a hypothesis that real number is
countable?
Just the probability that you can make more and more number as you go?

This is no problem, it is well known that the reals can be paired up
with the integers in a natural way, and this is what it actually means
for a set to be countable. Some extremists will dispute this, they are
holdouts from a more primitive time and prove the old phrase, "science
progresses funeral by funeral". If you need a formal proof of the
counability of the reals, most rigorous analysis texts will provide
one.

Hope this helps =)
Nathan the Great
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Why you can not count real number? Reply with quote

Mike Deeth wrote:

Quote:
This is no problem, it is well known that the reals can be paired up
with the integers in a natural way, and this is what it actually means
for a set to be countable.

I'm surprised to hear that pairing up the reals with the integer in a
natural way is possible. Would you recommend text or website that I can
refer to?
I don't care whether the thing is incomplete version..
Thanks
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Why you can not count real number? Reply with quote

phadamasci wrote:
Quote:
Mike Deeth wrote:


This is no problem, it is well known that the reals can be paired up
with the integers in a natural way, and this is what it actually means
for a set to be countable.


I'm surprised to hear that pairing up the reals with the integer in a
natural way is possible. Would you recommend text or website that I can
refer to?
I don't care whether the thing is incomplete version..
Thanks

It is well known that the set of all real numbers CANNOT be "paired up"

with the integers. Deeth is a well-known troll--pay him no mind.


Regards,

Rick
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Why you can not count real number? Reply with quote

phadamasci wrote:
Quote:
Mike Deeth wrote:

This is no problem, it is well known that the reals can be paired up
with the integers in a natural way, and this is what it actually means
for a set to be countable.

I'm surprised to hear that pairing up the reals with the integer in a
natural way is possible.

Don't pay attention to the little man behind the curtain. He's just
trying to confuse you.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Why you can not count real number? Reply with quote

phadamasci wrote:
Quote:
Mike Deeth wrote:

This is no problem, it is well known that the reals can be paired up
with the integers in a natural way, and this is what it actually means
for a set to be countable.

I'm surprised to hear that pairing up the reals with the integer in a
natural way is possible.

That's because Mike Deeth aka Nathan the Great who has
ranged from 11 to 13 years old for at least a decade, is one of
the sci.math cranks who thinks the reals are countable.

It isn't "well known" because it isn't true.

Quote:
Would you recommend text or website that I can
refer to?
I don't care whether the thing is incomplete version..

I'd like to see if "young" Nathan the Great can provide one
of these rigorous analysis texts that supposedly contains this
bijection.

- Randy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 9:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Why you can not count real number? Reply with quote

"Randy Poe" <poespam-trap@yahoo.com> writes:
Quote:
phadamasci wrote:
Mike Deeth wrote:

This is no problem, it is well known that the reals can be paired up
with the integers in a natural way, and this is what it actually means
for a set to be countable.

I'm surprised to hear that pairing up the reals with the integer in a
natural way is possible.

That's because Mike Deeth aka Nathan the Great who has
ranged from 11 to 13 years old for at least a decade, is one of
the sci.math cranks who thinks the reals are countable.

It isn't "well known" because it isn't true.

Isn't he a troll, rather than a crank? I don't think he believes
the bollocks he posted any more than you or I do.

I bet he's tallying as we speak...

Phil
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The man who is always worrying about whether or not his soul would be
damned generally has a soul that isn't worth a damn.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894), American physician and writer
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albstorz@gmx.de
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 9:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Why you can not count real number? Reply with quote

phadamasci wrote:
Quote:
Is there any problem if I make a hypothesis that real number is
countable?
Just the probability that you can make more and more number as you go?

There are concepts in which the real numbers are uncountable in the
sense of being a greater set than other infinite sets, e.g. the set of
natural numbers.

But there are also concepts in which you can't found differences
between the "amount" (or cardinality of the sets) of natural and real
numbers.
E.g, you can't found differences between the amount of natural numbers
and real numbers in geometry.

The one who likes to state, that there is a necessarity of more real
than natural numbers are very dogmatic people.

Best regards
Albrecht S. Storz
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Virgil
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:53 am    Post subject: Re: Why you can not count real number? Reply with quote

In article <1152567257.229034.37790@35g2000cwc.googlegroups.com>,
albstorz@gmx.de wrote:

Quote:
and real numbers in geometry.

Speak for yourself, Al. There are lots of differences.
Quote:

The one who likes to state, that there is a necessarity of more real
than natural numbers are very dogmatic people.

In ZFC or NBG, there are more reals in the sense that there are
injections but no surjections from N to R.
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kunzmilan@atlas.cz
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:59 am    Post subject: Re: Why you can not count real number? Reply with quote

The list of all ratios 0/inf, 1/inf, 2/inf, till inf/inf
couns all real numbers in the range 0-1, regardless of definition
of infinity. Between them [square root from 2]/inf
is not included, since [square root from 2] was not
in the original list of the natural numbers. Similar
arguments are true for any [square root from 2]/k,
k =/> 2.
kunzmilan
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Fernando Revilla
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 11:56 am    Post subject: Re: Why you can not count real number? Reply with quote

Quote:
Is there any problem if I make a hypothesis that real
number is
countable?
Just the probability that you can make more and more
number as you go?

Perhaps the following can help you.

" Kant notably holds that arithmetic is synthetic a priori
and has to do with the pure intuition of time."

The fundamental idea is that in the process of counting
we freeze time, nothing to do with the continuum.

Independently of this, the concept of bijectivity solve your
question in negative sense.

Regards, Fernando.
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