FOM: Is chess as interesting as mathematics? NO
Richard E. Grandy
rgrandy at ruf.rice.edu
Thu Feb 21 17:37:44 EST 2002
Theorem: Chess is less interesting than Peano Arithmetic.
Proof: Every question about chess can be translated via Godel
numbering into a question about natural numbers. Since the number of
chess pieces and possible configurations on the chess board is
finite, not all questions about natural numbers can be translated
into questions about chess.
Richard Grandy
Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences
Rice University
Houston TX USA
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