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 one year ago
Whether zero is a natural number or not is still controversial.
What is the (mathematical) argument for 0 *NOT* being a natural number?
 one year ago
Whether zero is a natural number or not is still controversial. What is the (mathematical) argument for 0 *NOT* being a natural number?

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Spacelimbus
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Have you read http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/283/is0anaturalnumber already?

Spacelimbus
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1My argument for \(0 \notin \mathbb{N}\) is simply because I find it more handy to deal with the notations this way, take for example the notation of a limit of a sequence \(a_n\): \[\Large \forall \epsilon > 0, \exists N \in \mathbb{N} \text{ such that } \forall n \geq N, a_na < \epsilon \] If you would define \(\mathbb{N}={0,1,2, \dots } \) then the above notation would require a slight update because \(N\) should be a positive number, whereas \(0\) accounts for a neutral number.

RolyPoly
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0"In mathematics, there are two conventions for the set of natural numbers: it is either the set of positive integers {1,2,3,…} according to the traditional definition;" What is that traditional definition?

Spacelimbus
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1positive integers is the traditional definition, 1,2,3,4,5,... also known as counting numbers, because it is how we traditionally count. While 0,1,2,3,4... are considered as integers including 0 which apparently came up in the 19th century.

RolyPoly
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0How do you define "positive integers"?

Spacelimbus
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1positive integers \( \lbrace n \in \mathbb{Z} \mid n > 0 \rbrace= 1,2,3,4, \dots \)

Spacelimbus
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1where \(\mathbb{Z}=\lbrace...,3,2,1,0,1,2,3,\dots \rbrace \)

RolyPoly
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Alright, thanks a lot for your help!
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