George: Thanks for this delightful story (..ies?) I met Chaitin once for a brief chat and did not like him: he was too sharp for me (though very friendly). His quoted idea is something I will keep to use it against closed-minded physicists (or provide it to open-minded wifes of them).
John Mikes --- George Levy <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > There is a great article entitled "The Limts of > Reason" by Gregory > Chaitin in the March Issue of Scientific American > page 74. I quote: > > "So perhaps mathematicians should not try to > prove everything. > Sometimes they should try to add new axioms. > That is what you have > got to do when you are faced with an irreducible > fact..... > Physicists are willing to add new principles, > new scientific laws, > to understand new domains of experience... > > > This caused me to think about unprovable physical > truths or impossible > measurements. A simple one includes a nice > reflective component: "what > do you look like in the mirror with the eyes > closed?" > > I tried it on my wife when she was in a good mood. > "Darling", I said, > "did you ever think about what you look like in the > mirror with your > eyes closed?" > "I know what I look like," she said. "I can imagine > it." > "Yeah, but you don't really know for sure." > "I can find out by taking a photograph of myself > with my eyes closed, if > I wanted to, but that would be a really stupid thing > to do." > Ah ha! Now we are getting somewhere, I thought. > Maybe I could squeeze in > the concept of simultaneity a la Einstein. > Then I turned to her and gave her the coup de grace, > "Yeah but you won't > know what you look like at the precise time you look > in the mirror." > She looked at me straight in the eyes and said, > "George, you are giving > me a headache!" > > The moral of the story is: do not experiment or > argue with your wife. > You always come out the loser, even if you win. > > George > --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com To unsubscribe from this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---