[FOM] When is it appropriate to treat isomorphism as identity?

karim zahidi zahidi at logique.jussieu.fr
Thu May 21 05:31:35 EDT 2009

> Here is an example: a well educated computer scientist typically knows
> that a polynomial (with real coefficients) has finitely many roots. He
> therefore naturally expects that there is a thing called "the number of
> distinct roots of a polynomial". Surely, such a simple number can be
> computed, yes? No.

I'm a bit confused by this remark. Surely if the coefficients themselves
are rational numbers (or even computable real numbers) then this number is
computable. I guess it comes out of the elimination theory for the reals.


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