FOM: Hint
Fred Johnson
johnsonf at lamar.ColoState.EDU
Fri Feb 6 13:17:03 EST 1998
Bell and Machover (A Course in Mathematical Logic) use the
following sentence to illustrate the differences between
the Platonist (sentences-are-about-structures) and the
constructivist (sentences-are-about-activities) views of
mathematical sentences:
There are irrational real numbers a and b such that
a with exponent b is rational. (p. 402)
They give a simple Platonist proof that shows that it (taken
Platonically) is true. Is there a constructivist proof
that shows that it (taken constructively) is true?
If so, please give me a hint.
Thanks, Fred Johnson
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