• Mathematics ends in meaninglessness ie contradiction

    This scholar shows mathematics proves a finite number = a non-finite number
    thus mathematics ends in meaninglessness

    1 is a finite number and .9999... [ie to infinity] is a non-finite number

    mathematics proves 1=.9999... [ie to infinity]
    thus mathematics ends in meaninglessness

    if you say the proof is wrong then show why it is
    if the proof is correct
    mathematics ends in meaninglessness
    as it proves a finite number=a non-finite number

    x=.999... [ie to infinity]


    10x -(x)= 9.99... - (.999...)


    thus x=1 and x=.999...
    Thus 1=.999....
    0.9999... = 1 means mathematics ends in contradiction
    0.9999.... Is a non-finite number/
    1 is a finite number
    thus we have
    a finite number = non-finite number
    thus a contradiction in terms
    mathematics ends in contradiction
    thus maths ends in meaninglessness

  • One cannot fully appreciate nature without first understanding her language

    Mathematics is beautiful. It describes the world around us with such detail and simplicity. Mathematics is nature's invitation to understand her, and to argue that mathematics ends in meaninglessness is to demonstrate a lack of understanding. The only cure of ignorance is knowledge. Read a maths book, enrol in a maths class; nature is there to be understood and you need only learn to speak her language.
    Maths does not end in meaninglessness; true meaning begins with maths

  • Not at all true.

    I work a job where math is the majority of my work. This does not at all mean math ends in meaninglessness. Science and mathematics may indeed generate paradoxes, but they have nevertheless provided an understanding of nature and created the foundations of modern civilization, which is truly something actual and meaningful. And we can pass barrier after barrier of logic, and perhaps someday we will come up with an equatuon proving you wrong. As of now, I hardly consider that equation proof that math is meaningless.

  • Starting from a flawed premise

    "mathematics proves 1=.9999... [ie to infinity]"

    I'm no math genius, but I'm pretty sure that mathematics proves that 1>.99999 [the closer to infinity you get, the smaller the > is].

    So your starting assumption is simply a misstatement of what mathematics says (and, since we are talking about math, there are absolutes -- unlike most things in here). So, literally speaking, saying 1=.999 is no more mathematically correct than saying 1=.888 or 1 = .000123 or 1>.999. It isn't.

    "Turn away with fear and horror from this lamentable plague of continuous functions that do not have a derivative."

  • No, only if your a finitist

    If you blindly flow the Axiom of Finitness then you'll end up concluding that Real Analysis, or the analysis of real numbers, to be meaningless, and because Real Analysis is considered a cornerstone of mathematics so you'd have a problem. However, this has long been resolved in mathematics. An axiom is simply something you assumed to be true, and had no way to prove or disprove. Real Analysis of the decimal of 1/3 + 2/3 = .999... = 1 is the proof that the Axiom of Finitness is indeed false when taken to the extreme. Since the Axiom of Finitness is proven false under Real Analysis it is safe to replace it with another axiom, the Axiom of Infinite. Thus, there is no contradiction.

    Math is the cornerstone of society. It controls business, science, and much of our daily lives. Given how much it impacts us it would be quackery to claim it as meaningless.

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