**[alekk--obywatel--pl]**

## [REBOL] Re: Natural numbers

### From: alekk::obywatel::pl at: 4-Jul-2001 21:42

----- Original Message ----- From: "Joel Neely" <[joel--neely--fedex--com]> To: <[rebol-list--rebol--com]> Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2001 11:51 AM Subject: [REBOL] Re: Natural numbers> Hi, Alek, > > Alekk wrote: > > > > [...] > > > the series of natural numbers > > > > > > 0 1 2 3 4 5 ....... infinity > > > > > > which is the first number? 0 or 1 ? > > [...] > > > > But there are two shools - > > > > first - as You said > > second - that natural numbers starts from 1... > > > > I'm sorry, but this is neither a matter of opinion nor of > popular vote. The standard model in Mathematics is known > as "Peano's Postulates" or "Peano's Axioms", after Giuseppe > Peano (1858-1932), the brilliant Italian mathematician and > logician (...)I think You have gone to far. ;) It is not my opinion - natural numbers are with us from very past (fact is that there was not number 1 in those numbers in greek mathematic). When You say that natural numbers starts with 0 because one man (i agree - great) in XX century made axioms about it - it sounds like "there was no world before 1796". When is 0 or not in natural numbers, is matter of context. regards Aleksander K.