random

Steven D. Majewski sdm7g at Virginia.EDU
Fri Jun 1 01:52:28 CEST 2001


On 31 May 2001, Mark 'Kamikaze' Hughes wrote:

>   "Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random numbers
> is, of course, in a state of sin." -John Von Neumann
> 
>   Unless you have random-number-generating hardware, you don't really
> have truly random numbers.


That's what I was always taught, however in the light of 
Gregory Chaitin's work or randomness in arithmetic: 

	<http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/CDMTCS/chaitin/>

JVN may have been wrong. 

-- Steve Majewski







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