Working with the set of real numbers (was: Finding size of Variable)
Roy Smith
roy at panix.com
Thu Mar 6 05:05:02 CET 2014
In article <5317e640$0$29985$c3e8da3$5496439d at news.astraweb.com>,
Steven D'Aprano <steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info> wrote:
> On Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:31:51 -0500, Roy Smith wrote:
>
> > In article <53176225$0$29987$c3e8da3$5496439d at news.astraweb.com>,
> > Steven D'Aprano <steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info> wrote:
> >
> >> Physics is the fundamental science, at least according to the
> >> physicists, and Real Soon Now they'll have a Theory Of Everything,
> >> something small enough to print on a tee-shirt, which will explain
> >> everything. At least in principle.
> >
> > A mathematician, a chemist, and a physicist are arguing the nature of
> > prime numbers. The chemist says, "All odd numbers are prime. Look, I
> > can prove it. Three is prime. Five is prime. Seven is prime". The
> > mathematician says, "That's nonsense. Nine is not prime". The
> > physicist looks at him and says, "Hmmmm, you may be right, but eleven is
> > prime, and thirteen is prime. It appears that within the limits of
> > experimental error, all odd number are indeed prime!"
>
> They ask a computer programmer to adjudicate who is right, so he writes a
> program to print out all the primes:
>
> 1 is prime
> 1 is prime
> 1 is prime
> 1 is prime
> 1 is prime
> ...
So, a mathematician, a biologist, and a physicist are watching a house.
The physicist says, "It appears to be empty". Sometime later, a man and
a woman go into the house. Shortly after that, the man and the woman
come back out, with a child. The biologist says, "They must have
reproduced". The mathematician says, "If one more person goes into the
house, it'll be empty again".
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