Well as FORTRAN is a turing complete language, then you can. As long as the programming language is universal/turing complete you can.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_completeness Regards, Quentin 2009/6/5 ronaldheld <ronaldh...@gmail.com>: > > Bruno: > I understand a little better. is there a citition for a version of > Church Thesis that all algorithm can be written in > FORTRAN? > Ronald > > > On Jun 4, 10:49 am, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote: >> Hi Ronald, >> >> On 02 Jun 2009, at 16:45, ronaldheld wrote: >> >> >> >> > Bruno: >> > Since I program in Fortran, I am uncertain how to interpret things. >> >> I was alluding to old, and less old, disputes again programmers, about >> which programming language to prefer. >> It is a version of Church Thesis that all algorithm can be written in >> FORTRAN. But this does not mean that it is relevant to define an >> algorithm by a fortran program. I thought this was obvious, and I was >> using that "known" confusion to point on a similar confusion in Set >> Theory, like Langan can be said to perform. >> >> In Set Theorist, we still find often the error consisting in defining >> a mathematical object by a set. I have done that error in my youth. >> What you can do, indeed, is to *represent* (almost all) mathematical >> objects by sets. Langan seems to make that mistake. >> >> The point is just that we have to distinguish a mathematical object >> and the representation of that object in some mathematical theory. >> >> I will have the opportunity to give a precise example in the 7th >> thread later. >> >> In usual mathematical practice, this mistake is really not important, >> yet, in logic it is more important to take into account that >> distinction, and then in cognitive science it is *very* important. >> Crucial, I would say. The error consisting in identifying >> consciousness and brain state belongs to that family, for example. To >> confuse a person and its body belongs to that family of error too. >> >> All such error are of the form of the confusion between the Moon and >> the finger which point to the moon, or the confusion between a map and >> the territory. >> >> I have nothing against the use of FORTRAN. On the contrary I have a >> big respect for that old venerable high level programming language :) >> >> Bruno >> >> http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~marchal/ > > > -- All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to everything-list@googlegroups.com To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---