July 14th, 2009

loom

oh holy of hole-y number lines

through rootedinsong I discovered the steaming morass that is people who don't get that mathematics has been fairly well worked-out over the last, say, three millenia, and who are re-drowning Hippasus.

basically, imagine: trolling in 2009 over a point of mathematics settled (albeit violently) in the 5th century BC.

[ETA: actually, it's not even an argument about the irrationals -- it's a troll over whether repeating decimals are "really" the same thing as a fraction. and it's 2006, not 2009. but still.]

[ETA again: the debate rages on in Wikipedia's talk page on this subject!]