[FOM] Potgieter on hypercomputation
V.Sazonov at csc.liv.ac.uk
Wed Dec 15 15:03:47 EST 2004
Apostolos Syropoulos wrote:
> And how can we be sure what is the extend of the whole universe?
> And what's outside the whole universe? These are not just metaphysical
This could be discussed, of course, but I do not want to do this
to concentrate on what is important to explain my position.
(I also think Feynman realized what he wrote.)
> Well, if your run on your machine the following simple Perl script:
> use bigint;
> print 2**1000;
> you will get almost immediately the following output on your screen:
> So, is this infinity?
Note, that the expression 2^1000 also denoting this number is even
The problem is that I should tell explicitly that I, quite naturally,
assume natural numbers in unary notation (3=|||, etc.; please, modify
and rerun your program even for 2^100; what means "the number of
electrons" or the like?), and probably something more...
See also my reply in FOM to Arnon Avron.
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