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New math post on my blog: In simple English, what does it mean to be transcendental? blog.plover.com/math/se/transc

@mjd that's a really good explanation! I'm sure it'll affect my answer next time I'm asked to give a layman's explanation of something in maths

@mjd I remember upvoting that answer in math.SE when it first appeared. You being proud of it is more than justified!

@mjd Nice! One additionally nice thing about it is that you can give a simpler set of "game moves" that define the boundary between rational and irrational numbers. Not that people generally have a hard time understanding rational numbers, but it shows the familial relation between "rational" and "algebraic" better than the usual definition does.

@jsiehler Yes, true. I did mention that in a followup comment on the original SE post. I wasn't sure it would be a good idea to include it in the main article, but a few people have suggested that I should have. That also led to one of my all-time favorite SE comments: math.stackexchange.com/questio

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Really great answer and a blog post. It is really hard to write up a plain english explanation once you start to look from the lens of an expert.

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