From: | Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...> |
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Date: | Tuesday, January 8, 2008, 9:11 |

Quoting Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>:> On Jan 6, 2008 8:02 AM, <MorphemeAddict@...> wrote: > > In a message dated 1/6/2008 5:08:19 AM Central Standard Time, > > wes.parish@PARADISE.NET.NZ writes: > > > > So a mathematics that privileges the prime numbers instead of the > base-two, > > > would have a much greater range of physical variation/s than a > universe with > > > the > > > opposite focus. A much more detailed explanation of the idea can be > > Mathematics doesn't 'privilege' any particular. Numbers don't have a > base, > > until and unless someone chooses a base to express them in. > > I don't fully understand what he's talking about, but my impression > is that he's not using "base two" in the usual sense. > He wrote in his original post: > > >>What I'm thinking of is a skewed set of basic physical laws where the > basic > mathematical progression is not the binary > one-two-plusone-plusone-plusone... > into infinity, but instead the integer prime sequence having prime > importance > and the binary sequence being of secondary importance. > << > > I can't figure out what he's talking about exactly, -- do the primes > exist without being embedded in and defined by > the sequence of natural numbers, in his world? -- > but he doesn't seem to be using "binary" and "base two" > in the usual sense to denote a notational method, but rather > to denote the counting numbers or natural numbers as > opposed to the primes. > > Wesley, can you explain further?My concept, idea, whathaveyou, comes from something I realized after taking up mathematics for a degree about ten years ago - that half of the integers were divisible by two, the other half were not divisible by any such overarching factor. And of that other half, a certain percentage were not divisible by anything except themselves and the number one. The term "The binary sequence" derives from that, my humble apologies to anyone who I confused - it directly relates to that fact, that two divides half the integers, and nothing even remotely equivalent divides the other half of the integers. As far as the primes go, and as far as my conworlding goes, I would link it to fractals - in so far as I understand anything about fractals - and say for this world, the primes are the linkages for the fractals/chaos to the "Euclidean" world of common perception. And the "binary sequence" doesn't play any such role in this conworld, which I am happy to say, is just a thought-experiment of mine own, with no relation to any "real" world. As far as "privileging" any base goes, I was always worried about the use of binary in computers as an adolescent, mostly because it didn't seem to take into account of the alternate value "maybe" and even some others that I didn't think of at the time. But "fuzzy logic" seems to have answered that, with scales of values expressed in binary logic. Just my 0.02c, FWLIW! Wesley Parish> > -- > Jim Henry > http://www.pobox.com/~jimhenry >"Sharpened hands are happy hands. "Brim the tinfall with mirthful bands" - A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge "I me. Shape middled me. I would come out into hot!" I from the spicy that day was overcasked mockingly - it's a symbol of the other horizon. - emacs : meta x dissociated-press