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Originally posted by The_Final
I was in my math class this morning thinking about different things and I came upon this: I wonder if there are any actual flaws to math? Cause I have seen that other post about .99999= 1 and I would like to know if anything like that is true. Also I can't remember who posted this a way long time ago but someone here said that there is a reason why we can't find pi because of some flaw in mathmatics. I always thought it was because there were no straight lines or accurate ways to measure. Well if anyone could help me with this I would greatly appreciate the favor.
Originally posted by Dulcimer
nothing comes to mind.
a little searching....
Godel book
Originally posted by MaskedAvatar
Pi is a number that is known, but that does not mean it has to conform conveniently to a finite set of decimal digits.
In my opinion there are not necessarily "flaws" in math, except in the logic that you cede when you agree with a proof that 2 = 1.
There are, however, plenty of things that may appear in nature but are not conveniently described by math... irrational numbers and numbers outside the real domain amongst them.
What is the square root of minus seven, anyway?
Originally posted by CPYKOmega
Originally posted by MaskedAvatar
Pi is a number that is known, but that does not mean it has to conform conveniently to a finite set of decimal digits.
In my opinion there are not necessarily "flaws" in math, except in the logic that you cede when you agree with a proof that 2 = 1.
There are, however, plenty of things that may appear in nature but are not conveniently described by math... irrational numbers and numbers outside the real domain amongst them.
What is the square root of minus seven, anyway?
2.6457513110645905905016157536393i
Originally posted by Enigmatic_Messiah
Is it true that Albert Einstein didn't believe 3 wasn't a number or something?
Originally posted by MaskedAvatar
Aha, we have found a gufflaw.
Since there is no real number whose square is a negative number, it is sometimes said that the square root of a negative number does not exist. However, an expression under a square root sign may take on negative values. While the square root of a negative number cannot actually be found, it can be indicated.
The indicated square root of a negative number is called an IMAGINARY NUMBER. The square root of minus seven is said to be imaginary.
*No. He's real! It's real! Santa Claus is real! *
Originally posted by MaskedAvatar
Aha, we have found a gufflaw.
Since there is no real number whose square is a negative number, it is sometimes said that the square root of a negative number does not exist. However, an expression under a square root sign may take on negative values. While the square root of a negative number cannot actually be found, it can be indicated.
The indicated square root of a negative number is called an IMAGINARY NUMBER. The square root of minus seven is said to be imaginary.
*No. He's real! It's real! Santa Claus is real! *
Originally posted by racos
I always thought that in order to pin-point a place in space you need 6 co-ordinates....
as for complex numbers, what does the 'i' stand for :| I know its something you sub in when deviding a negative number :S