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 Date Tue, 11 Mar 1997 12:25:44 -0500 (EST) From Donald R Willhoit <> Subject Re: 2.0.30 - its all a numbers game, I tell ya!
`Excerpts from internet.computing.linux-kernel: 11-Mar-97 Re: 2.0.30 -its all a numb.. by H. Peter Anvin@transmeta > Proof by obfuscation doesn't count.  You can "prove" that 0/0 = a for> any finite number a by observing that:> >         a x   > lim     ---  = a> x -> 0   x> >         Q.E.D.> > (a doesn't even have to be real for the proof to hold!)> >         -hpaON THE CONTRARY NOT QED. this may not be obfuscation itself but itrelies on the obfuscation of the definition of a limit.Okay my apologizes to continue this TERRIBLY OFF TOPIC thread butsomething has to be set straight here.  The above is a limit - itdoesn't prove that 0/0=a.  In a slightly better form, since people arealways abusing things likes limits and infiinites heres the definition.:DEFINITIONLet f be a function defined on some open interval that contains a numbera, except possibly a itself.  Then we say that the limit of f(x) as xapproaches a is L, and we writelim f(x) = Lx->aif for every number E > 0 there is a corresponding number d >0 such that|f(x) - L| < E    whenever   0 < |x-a| < dFrom this you should see that your "proof" fails.D. Ryan Willhoit`

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