Le 16-nov.-07, à 09:33, Torgny Tholerus a écrit :

>> There is a natural number 0.
>> Every natural number a has a natural number successor, denoted by 
>> S(a).
>  What do you mean by "Every" here? 
> Can you give a *non-circular* definition of this word?  Such that: "By 
> every natural number I mean {1,2,3}" or "By every naturla number I 
> mean every number between 1 and 1000000".  (This last definition is 
> non-circular because here you can replace "every number" by explicit 
> counting.)
>>> How do you prove that each x in N has a corresponding number 2*x in 
>>> E?
>>> If m is the biggest number in N,
>> By definition there exists no biggest number unless you add an axiom 
>> saying
>> there is one but the newly defined set is not N.
>  I can prove by induction that there exists a biggest number:
>  A) In the set {m} with one element, there exists a biggest number, 
> this is the number m.
>  B) If you have a set M of numbers, and that set have a biggest number 
> m, and you add a number m2 to this set, then this new set M2 will have 
> a biggest number, either m if m is bigger than m2, or m2 if m2 is 
> bigger than m.
>  C) The induction axiom then says that every set of numbers have a 
> biggest number.

What do you mean by "every" here?
You just give us a non ultrafinitistic proof that all numbers are 
finite, not that the set of all finite number is finite.


>  Q.E.D.
>  --
>  Torgny Tholerus
>  >

You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups 
"Everything List" group.
To post to this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To unsubscribe from this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED]
For more options, visit this group at 

Reply via email to