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Godel's First Incompleteness Theorem - July 5, 2012
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Can not be both consistent and... ? I suppose you forgot to COMPLETE that last sentence there? ;)

[McBain]That's the joke[/McBain]

I see. I feel really stupid now for not getting it.

There was a young man from Balmore,
Whose limericks stopped at line four.
But because his verse
Was ever so terse,

There was a young man from Swansea,
Whose limericks stopped at line three.
You'd never find out,

There was a young man from Peru,
Whose limericks stopped at line two.

There was a young man from Verdun.

(And we won't mention the young man named Nero.)

+1 as well.

I am reminded of a particularly meta limerick from Gödel, Escher, Bach, but I don't have a copy of the book on me so I cannot recount it.

I loved this joke. I loved the limmericks. I believe Liz is a post bot. The language is a lot like the e-mail bots I have to deal with, plus she gave no information about her site. If she was a real person interested then she probably would have provided a link to her site, and so the admins could look and make sure they wanted to be affiliated... She also said 'related content', not 'similar jokes' or 'explanations of math concepts' or what 'related content' means, which seems very weird to me.

Again very funny joke, and depending on if Liz is real or not, or if 'she' keeps posting, they might need to up their bot detection in the forum :(

Found another for the list!

There once was a man from the Styx
Whose limericks went to line six.
He never did know
How far they should go,
And never did bother to fix
Them at all.

Of course, technically, this is an incomplete theorem rather than an incompleteness theorem.

I cannot believe nobody mentioned the Gödel's completeness theorem. Whereas the incompleteness one is clearly of more interest, outsiders who generalise from that (particularly in Philosophy) and fail to incorporate the completeness theorem is just totally mistaken.

Dear spikedmath.com,

My name is Liz.
I have visited your site and found that it's very useful.
I'd like to advertise on your site with text link or post sponsorship.Our site has related content with your website. How is the price for 3 months? What is the specified location?
I'm looking forward to your kindly reply!
Thank you!


Dear Liz,

This is not spikedmath.com replying. Although it would distress me to have to deal with crappy ads on this site, sponsorship is sometimes a necessary evil. However, laziness and stupidity are inexcusable. Kindly contact the administrators of this site through Facebook message, Twitter DM, or by the email address provided in the "email" page link above.

Waiting for updates mike.....

This is my suggestion for a comic...

If there were twitter and change.org at Newton's time...

Royal Society: @Newton: u is da calculus inventor

Meanwhile on change.org,

Education Petition: Royal Society, Withdraw Support for Newton!
Signatures: 2 of 100

Oh, well, I support Newton.

This is not spikedmath here. This is a test, to see whether the site will find out that I entered spikedmath's email address for the email address.

You are mike

Oops, a reply to SpikedMath


It does, but I put a space in my name :-)

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