Infinity is like the old joke about a totalitarian

a: Infinity ~
b: the old joke about a totalitarian country

What: "Since pi is random and endless, we can very easily answer such questions as, "Does 0123456789 appear anywhere in pi?" The answer is yes, infinitely many times. "Oh yeah? Well, what about a hundred zeros in a row?" Same answer. And, before you ask, 314195265... is there, too, in sufficient length to have mathematicians biting their nails until some digit finally strays and there is a great sigh of relief. Infinity is like the old joke about a totalitarian country: anything that is not forbidden is mandatory. None of the above is forbidden, just highly improbable."

Writer: mcwbr
Date: Aug 21 2011 11:36 PM

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