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I'm also suspicious of the integers. I still hang on to the idea of 0 and 1, as I like the idea of having a representation for something and nothing, but 2 and up are pure fiction. Sometimes, when the darkness looms large, my faith in 1 feels shaky too...
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Well, I for one believe in the existence of imaginary numbers. Also non-abelian groups.
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I'm also suspicious of the integers. I still hang on to the idea of 0 and 1, as I like the idea of having a representation for something and nothing, but 2 and up are pure fiction. Sometimes, when the darkness looms large, my faith in 1 feels shaky too...
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Yes, yes, we all remember that elementary school joke.

Anyway, real numbers and imaginary numbers, etc., are useful constructs for solving things.

But they're not real.

I guess you could say I'm not a Platonist.
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Okay, it was missing the spreadsheet with all the calculations before.

Here y'all go:
http://www.soa.org/News-and-Publicat...-campbell.aspx
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How about zero? Does that exist?

Long ago when the SOA bb was on CompuServe, there was a forum for science/math teachers. One guy there firmly insisted that zero could not actually exist. We couldn't convince him otherwise. <sigh>
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By its very definition, zero does not exist.

Just like the empty set.
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depends on what you mean by existence. uh-oh ontology alert!
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So for my next article, on floating point arithmetic, I want to use this comic:



Is there a better one for me to use?
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