On 17 December 2013 19:01, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:
> I know. I was just taking 10^80 to mean "a very big number" which of
> course depends on context. I generally do applied physics and engineering
> and so 10^80+1 = 10^80 for physical variables.
That reminds me of a joke...
...but you've probably heard it already, so I will stick to the point.
10^80 + 1 may happen to be a prime number (I leave the proof (or disproof)
up to Stephen Paul King as an exercise in applied mathematical reasoning)
in which case it is very different from 10^80 in terms of its mathematical
properties, even though it is the same when used physically "for all
intents and purposes" - since we already know that 10^80 is divisible by 10
(how did I work that, out without even being able to imagine 10^80 objects?
It's like magic...! :)
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