[FOM] Freeman Dyson on Inexhaustibility

Karlis Podnieks Karlis.Podnieks at mii.lu.lv
Wed Apr 28 01:25:15 EDT 2004

According to some computer scientists, Godel's Incompleteness Theorem is a
"simple corollary" of a more fundamental phenomenon - the existence of
recursively enumerable non-recursive sets (or, unsolvability of the halting
problem for Turing machines).

In principle, any non-recursive predicate xP(x) could serve as an
inexhaustible source of PhD theses: your first doctoral student may work on
P(0), the second one - on P(1), etc. ad infinitum.

This aphorism is due to a computer scientist working in Novosibirsk (Russia)
in 1970s.

Best wishes,
Karlis.Podnieks at mii.lu.lv
Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Latvia

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