Thursday, September 4, 2008

why diagonal slash?

I was just today asked this question on why title this blog "diagonal slash". What does it mean ? Diagonal Slash is a very specific line of argument used originally by Cantor to prove that the number of real numbers are more than the number of integers (both being infinite !!). Since then the technique has been used to prove a wide range of theorems like Godel's Incompleteness Theorem.

To me Diagonal Slash is an example of human insights that seem impossible to achieve using any alogrithmic or computational procedure. Diagonal Slash is the epitome of human insight and creativity. It is this kind of insight that I hope to achieve and share. It is a lofty goal, but one worth pursuing, if you ask me.

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