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Combinatorics, Linear Algebra and Number Theory (CLaN) Seminar

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Neill Hall 5W

August 28, Monday, 4:10 - 5:00 PM

Jakob Streipel

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Washington State University

Combinatorics, Linear Algebra and Number Theory (CLaN) Seminar

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Neill Hall 5W

August 28, Monday, 4:10 - 5:00 PM

Jakob Streipel

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Washington State University

Title: On Numbers... A Brief Exploration of the Surreal Numbers

Abstract: In this talk we will present a way to construct numbers using nothing but the empty set. This construction, due to Conway in 1976, gives rise to the so-called surreal numbers, which we will see is a totally ordered field containing not only the real numbers, but also numbers infinitely large and infinitesimally small!

Abstract: In this talk we will present a way to construct numbers using nothing but the empty set. This construction, due to Conway in 1976, gives rise to the so-called surreal numbers, which we will see is a totally ordered field containing not only the real numbers, but also numbers infinitely large and infinitesimally small!