Monday 16 August 2010

Limits to knowledge

From the current New Scientist. It's 'just' Gödel's incompleteness theorem again, but New Scientist again telling us how little we know. When I graduated with a degree in Physics in 1980, I thought we - human-kind - had a pretty good knowledge of the world. The older I get, the more I learn about what we don't know.
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To infinity and beyond: The struggle to save arithmetic

The two possible conclusions are equally unpalatable. We can deny the existence of infinity, a quantity that pervades modern mathematics, or we must resign ourselves to the idea that there are certain things about numbers we are destined never to know.Read more at

Edit: this was created automatically from 'amplify' - I'm using to try it out. I like the idea of linking from amplify to my blog - amplify is an easy way to get and comment on quotes from elsewhere - but I hope there is some way to avoid that huge text on a yellow background!

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