ENOUGH! (was: "Re: [OT]: Brain Burp Rounding??")
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I'm sorry it's so upsetting to you.
0.9 is different from 1 by a tenth part.
0.99, by a hundredth.
No matter how far you go, the difference is still not zero.
It may become awkward to calculate, but tossing the remainder doesn't seem
You're telling me that I can take infinity as the number that makes
(1/N)*(1-0.9) = (1/N)*0 true.
It seems that it all hinges on what infinity means, and since people like
Feynman and Hawking are having trouble with calculations where infinity
pops in, I'm not bothered that it causes me trouble.
Still, science is that which, when you stop believing in it, is still works.
Can you show me something by which this is a consequence?
Something physical, that requires this to be true?
Or is this just a peculiarity of the current rule set.
It wasn't that long ago that "zero" didn't exist in mathmatics. I'm sure
the scholars of that day thought their mathematics was quite complete and
correct as well.
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