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The Natural Numbers

In this section we try to gain some understanding of the set of natural numbers, tex2html_wrap_inline148 , which many agree have been aptly named. The mathematican Kronecker made a widely-quoted sentiment: ``God made the integers; all else is the work of man.'' (Morris Kline, Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times, Oxford University Press, New York, 1972, p. 979.)

Carl Lee
Wed Sep 16 09:26:16 EDT 1998