posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 06:20 PM
reply to post by crimvelvet
I got kicked out of a calculus for heresy once.
I ponted out that division by zero is perfectly easy and obvious if you ask it the right way. The whole h
business is merely intellectual
dishonesty due to not recognizing the special nature of zero. Ah well, western science didn't invent the concept of zero, so I guessit can be
forgiven for the misunderstanding, and the workaround functions fairly ok.
The proper way to couch a division by zero problem is to decide which answer is more appropriate: an identity or infinity.
To put it in the vernacular:
If i divide my bills by my money (zero), what is the result? Answer: identity, the same as I started; alas, they don't magically disappear as easily
as higher math would make it seem.
How many times can I divide my bills (something) by the amount of money I have (nothing, aka zero)? Answer: An inifinity of times.
Those two answers are the only two you will ever get from a division by zero. If they didn't chop off the graph of h
arbitrarily short of one,
it'd be more obvious than it already is.
But then maybe I'm just a math retard, my I.Q. is merely around 150 or so.