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59 Responses to About

  1. David says:

    On a related note it seems to me the mysteriousness of numbers is somehow related to the idea of universals and or universal properties. I read a fascinating article in Scientific American August Issue “What is Real”.

  2. Chris Wiggins says:

    Is 1 + 1 = 2 an axiom? If yes or no, why?

  3. Tox says:

    Yes, 1+1=2 is an axiom because it is a accepted truth.

  4. murat says:

    dear sir.
    i want to ask questions.
    we are discussing of 0^0 undefined.
    if we are solving 0^0 by limits then ours result is 1(every time?)
    can u write using 0^0 undefined and its resulting non 1 with different analitic functions.
    this funcions could be trgonometric,compos..exponent etc..

  5. Toomany says:

    Does a circle have sides?

  6. The Physicist The Physicist says:

    Just the one.

  7. Sarah Yuki says:

    I was wondering… what websites do you guys think is a great way to get better at math? I’ve seen different communities online where you can solve problems – which ones do you guys recommend?

  8. x4n says:

    1+1=2 is more of a derived theorem from logic (using for e.g. Peano axioms). For more information refer to Principia Mathematica which just about proves it in over 300 pages. Or do like any other person on Earth and take it at face value.

  9. Anders says:

    If the photon is the force carrier for electromagnetism and the photon can’t escape from a black hole how are black holes able to have magnetic fields?

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