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  1. #1 Random Numbers 
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    Is there a function that delivers random numbers?

    Is "random" as an element of mathematics a fallacy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Useful Idiot View Post
    Is there a function that delivers random numbers?
    By the strict definition of "function," there isn't. But there are algorithms that generate random numbers with varying degrees of normality.

    Is "random" as an element of mathematics a fallacy?
    As an element of mathematics, no. As an element of the physical world, I don't think it's falsifiable, for disproving randomness of a numerical sequence, say, would require the exploration of an infinite space. If that statement is true, it doesn't make randomness a fallacy, but it does perhaps put it out of reach of science.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tk421 View Post
    By the strict definition of "function," there isn't.
    Hmm. Does it fit within the definition of a map?
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