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Hurray for New Math, New Math

Meanwhile over in Bizarro World, I am saying:

LAST WEEKEND the Pope gave a warning against treating religion as a “consumer product� in which one picks and chooses the bits one likes. Though irretrievably atheistic, I have every sympathy with him.


Dear me, I am a little bit pompous over in Bizarro World, aren’t I?

In related news, Oliver appears to have been reading a couple of textbooks in the higher mathematics:

When mathematicians speak of set theory, no one suggests they be required to give equal time in class to those who dispute that the next number in the set �one, two, three� is �four�.


I have checked this with two (2) mathematicians, one of whom is a Chartered Mathematician and I bet you didn’t know there was any such thing. Both of them confirm that the set {“one”, “two”, “three”} does not have a member which is “four”.[1]

[1] Perhaps Oliver is confusing it with the set {“one”, “two”, “three”, “four”}[2]. It’s a common mistake but you would have thought the Times subs would have picked it up. In Bizarro World.
[2] More specifically, the ordered set, but now you’re just being pedantic.

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