Randomness is Weird

When dealing with the infinite, statements about random objects probably don't mean what you think they mean.


An Annotated History of the Reals

In the beginning, there was nothing, \( 0 = \emptyset \). Then we realized it was something, \( 1 = \{ \emptyset \} \). Then we wondered, why not have another thing? \(2\). And another thing, \(3\). And another, \(4\), and another, \(5\), and another, \(6\), etc. Just like that, we had the natural numbers!1 And ...


Hmm, Ordinal Numbers...

In the last post, Why Ordinal Numbers, I had intuitively guessed that I would be left with a perfect set after enough application of derived sets on \({S}\). By the end, I gave an example of a set that had a nonempty “infinite” derived set, \({S^{(\infty)},}\) that was not ...