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druk

I feel that mathematics solves many problems, but poses some that are unsolvable. So I've always wondered how this could be.

My answer: the foundation is completely wrong.

Take the zero: who was the "genius" who invented it? There is no such thing in the universe. You can't have zero apples. You either have "one" apple or you have "none". "None" can't be used to make calculations, because "none" means you don't have anything, and you can't use "anything" because, well, it's nothing.

Take negative numbers: same thing. You can't have -1 apples.

Take fractions: again, no such thing. You can't have 1/2 apple. Either you have 1 apple, or you have 1 "half apple". Once you divide a pizza, each slice is a new unit. You don't have 6 fractions of pizza, you have 6 units of "slices of pizza".

Same for infinity. There is no such thing. Even speed has an absolute upper limit. (Now that I think of it, speed has also some kind of lower limit, because your absolute speed can never be zero, as you will always be moving with respect to something. This agrees with my contention that zero doesn't exist.)

No wonder you encounter problems like division by zero, periodic numbers, determining pi, etc.

Thank you for your patience and your sense of humor, although I'll be waiting for serious answers.

Flame suit on.