New Numbers

2012-2014
 

“Number is different from quantity.” – Gregory Bateson

"We can never decide by means of our definitions, whether the number 'Julius Caesar' applies to a concept,
whether the well-known conqueror of Gaul is a number or not."
- Gottlob Frege


Proposal:
Invent a new number system.
This new system and its elements may be expressed or communicated by symbols, objects and behavior.
The numbers in this new system are all of those numbers that exist outside of mathematics.


Examples 1 – 101


1. a number that is alive

2. a number that only exists momentarily, once and never again

3. a number that is always different

5. everyone’s favorite number

6. a number that is no number

7. a number for the holidays!

8. a number that has a good personality

9. a number that hovers

10. a number that folds

11. a number that is not suitable for framing

12. a number that is a cheer

13. a musical number

14. a number that is fast

15. the darkest number

16. the smoothest number

17. a number that just feels funny

18. the oddest number

19. a number that sounds about right

20. a number that is close enough

21. a number that is the equivalent of confusion

22. a number that just doesn’t add up

23. a number that evaporates on Wednesday

24. a number that you can feel when you touch it

25. a number that you were hoping for

26. a very cold number

27. a number that varies from time to time

28. a number that stands for this idea about new numbers

29. a number that is not new only when unstable

30. the nicest number in the whole wide world

31. the most sincere number

32. a number that counts for something

33. the king of all numbers

34. a number for the ages

35. a number in the middle of nowhere

36. a number about which everyone cares deeply

37. a political number

38. a number that is neither here nor there

39. a number that doesn’t need attention

40. a lively number

41. an extinct number

42. a number that lives for this

43. a number that most closely approximates the smell of the subway

44. a deaf number

45. a warmer number

46. a happy number

47. a listless number

48. a number of a turned tide

49. a number that does not mean it

50. a number that is on the other sid

51. an athletic number

52. a colorful number

53. an indecisive number

54. an ornate number

55. a number you would never guess

56. a number that is related to cheese

57. a number that jumps right out at you

58. a prickly number

59. a number that never worries

60. a disappearing number

61. a number that can’t sit still

62. a number that anticipates calm

63. a number that never goes out of style

64. a mature number

65. a number that tastes like bacon

66. a number that tires easily

67. a number when it’s ready

68. a number that watches

69. a number with blue weight

70. a number that takes care of itself

71. a number that is gracious

72. a wealthy number

73. a weightless number

74. a number that is eaten

75. a number with ambition

76. a number that blows windows

77. a number that is precisely a cool firmament

78. a number that is less than a pocket

79. a number that is sneaky

80. a washed number

81. a number that is confused with grass

82. a number that is actively content

83. a number that is believed to be aware

84. a number with the most valueless bounce

85. a number that is backwards

86. a number that sees

87. a number that hears

88. a number that knows

89. a number that moves towards rest exactly

90. a number that is more than itself

91. a number that is known for safety

92. a number that chooses another self

93. a number in the shape of a frustrated normality

94. a number that gets even

95. a number that mimics thought

96. a conscious number

97. a number that conceives of unknown processes

98. a nervous number

99. a number that explains itself without affection

100. a number for the road

101. all of these numbers listed here are combined to form a new number of unknown characteristics

 

Indeed, even at this stage, I predict a time when there will be mathematical investigations of calculi containing contradictions, and people will actually be proud of having emancipated themselves from consistency. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

The only reasonable numbers are zero, one and infinity. - Bruce J. MacLennan

Two is an impossible number and can't exist. - Isaac Asimov, The Gods Themselves


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