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The Blind Spot by William Byers

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The Blind Spot Revealed

Ω can be interpreted pessimistically, as indicating there are limits to human knowledge. The optimistic interpretation, which I prefer, is that Ω shows that one cannot do mathematics mechanically and that intuition and creativity are essential. indeed, in a sense Ω is the crystallized, concentrated essence of mathematical creativity.

—Gregory Chaitin1

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

If the blind spot that I have been discussing in the previous chapter is really present in all situations, then surely scientists must have encountered it on a regular basis in the pursuit of their scientific investigations. This chapter will expand on ...

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