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Uncategorized math Luke In this post, I will give an intuition behind the ridiculous theorem that all Goodstein sequences eventually reach zero.
But after a little exploration, we will see what is happening with the structure of the numbers, and be able to picture an algorithm for computing how long it should take to come back down.
To define a Goodstein sequence, we need to define hereditary base-n notation, which I will denote H-n. To write a number is H-n, first write it in base n, and then recursively write all the exponents in H-n.
So for example, to write 18 in hereditary base 2, we do: Now we can define a Goodstein sequence starting at n. First, write n in H Continue forever or until you reach zero. Let G be the Goodstein sequence starting at 4.
I will start the sequence at index 2, so that the index in the sequence is the same as the base. So the sequence goes 4, 26, 41, 60, 83,… A Those who have followed this example closely may already be seeing why this sequence will eventually terminate.
At each step, most of the H-n structure stays the same, the base is just increasing. We will see what to do with the fringes in a bit. I will be essentially copying the last representation from above. This example would begin: Now the sequence looks much more regular!
For example, at some point, the G sequence will reach: A few technical notes:In mathematics, a sequence is an enumerated collection of objects in which repetitions are allowed. Like a set, it contains members (also called elements, or terms).The number of elements (possibly infinite) is called the length of the sequence.
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Sequences An infinite sequence of real numbers is a list of real numbers in a definite order and formed according to a definite rule.
Each number in the infinite sequence is called a term and is called the term. The suffix is called the index of and it indicates where occurs in the list.
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