Re: MATH: Number Base Models

Ian Goddard (
Sat, 02 May 1998 15:00:58 -0400

lawsd ( wrote:

>Future silicon based life forms should be able to denote 0, 1,
>and irrational numbers.

IAN: And should be able to distinguish between
numbers and the realities they connote, such
a 5 and 5 things, and between 0 & no thing.
That's where my interest in Base 1 comes
into play, since B1 maps the reality
behind numbers by 100%, such that
11111 is both 5 and 5 things.

To teach a computer to interface with the
real world, it seems to me that we have to
establish a logical interface between B1
and the higher-order-number bases its
programs are built upon. The example
I posted doesn't accomplish that. :(

It's probably easy enough to have a set
of rules that say 11111(B1) = 101(B2).

>In a highly rapid semi-conductor based individual could '*' be treated
>as irrational numberset? As in *square root of -l?

IAN: The square root of -l is the imaginary number i.
From what I understand, irrational numbers are real
numbers that cannot be expressed as integers or as
the quotient of two integers, such as the square
root of 2 or pi. But I may be missing your point.

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