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Apr2512, 01:30 PM

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Link: http://jcdverha.home.xs4all.nl/scijokes/1_6.html And a further correction as quoted by Nils B.: "You've perhaps heard from 17,000 mathematicians since this section was quoted in the 2005 Jan "Notices of the AMS", but while splitting hairs, this definition of compact is incorrect: it defines totally bounded, not compact. For instance, the open interval (0,1) is totally bounded (can be guarded by a finite number of policemen, no matter how nearsighted a policeman is) but not compact." More... 


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