I'm glad to say I worked that out before it was explained to me (see above
:D )


On 22 October 2013 15:15, Russell Standish <li...@hpcoders.com.au> wrote:

> On Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 02:29:04PM +1300, LizR wrote:
> > 8/10
> >
> > I didn't get the parrot/banana one because although I realised they were
> > looking for a vector cross product I couldn't remember what that actually
> > is!
> >
> > And I didn't get the "Godel is killing me!" one because I didn't see the
> > logic (I still don't, really)
> >
>
> Goedel's incompleteness theorem destroyed any hope of Russell and
> Whitehead's formalisation programme of Principia Mathematica actually
> succeeding. It's quite punny, actually!
>
> From Wikipedia:
>
> PM, as it is often abbreviated, was an attempt to describe a set of
> axioms and inference rules in symbolic logic from which all
> mathematical truths could in principle be proven. As such, this
> ambitious project is of great importance in the history of mathematics
> and philosophy,[1] being one of the foremost products of the belief
> that such an undertaking may have been achievable. However, in 1931,
> Gödel's incompleteness theorem proved definitively that PM, and in
> fact any other attempt, could never achieve this lofty goal; that is,
> for any set of axioms and inference rules proposed to encapsulate
> mathematics, there would in fact be some truths of mathematics which
> could not be deduced from them.
>
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