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    an infinite amount of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first orders 1 pint, the next 1/2 a pint, the 3rd 1/4 etc. eventually the barman gives them 2 pints and says "you mathematicians don't know your limits"
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    Re: infinity

    Roflmao!
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    Re: infinity

    [linguist]Not amount, but number.[/linguist]

    [mathematician]All natural numbers numbers are finite.[/mathematician]

    [linguist]There are only finitely many mathematicians.[/linguist]

    [normal person]Thank God![/normal person]
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    Re: infinity

    Quote Originally Posted by Archie View Post
    [linguist]There are only finitely many mathematicians.[/linguist]
    That depends greatly on your definition of mathematician. Should we, instead, treat a mathematician now as distinct from a similarly shaped mathematician at a future point, over any interval of time, what might be considered a single mathematician could be considered a set of mathematicians of infinite cardinality.
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    Re: infinity

    I need another drink!
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    Re: infinity

    Quote Originally Posted by Wattssan View Post

    an infinite amount of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first orders 1 pint, the next 1/2 a pint, the 3rd 1/4 etc. eventually the barman gives them 2 pints and says "you mathematicians don't know your limits"
    My favorite philosophy Prof, from whom I had three courses in logic, took great delight saying: “infinity is a place mathematicians hide their ignorance.”
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    Re: infinity

    Linguistically, I think it's hard to justify the idea that the present tense refers to future mathematicians. And even if you did, you'd need infinite time to produce them. I don't think there are any respectable scientists claiming that the human race will survive for ever.
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