Centre for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science


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Department of Computer Science
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland
New Zealand
Ph: +649-373-7599
Fax: +649-373-7453

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Omega comes from the Chaitin Omega Number, that "embodies an enormous amount of wisdom in a very small space ...inasmuch as its first few thousand digits, which could be written on a small piece of paper, contain the answers to more mathematical questions than could be written down in the entire universe. Throughout history mystics and philosophers have sought a compact key to universal wisdom, a finite formula or text which, when known and understood, would provide the answer to every question. The use of the Bible, the Koran and the I Ching for divination and the tradition of the secret books of Hermes Trismegistus, and the medieval Jewish Cabala exemplify this belief or hope. Such sources of universal wisdom are traditionally protected from casual use by being hard to find, hard to understand when found, and dangerous to use, tending to answer more questions and deeper ones than the searcher wishes to ask. The esoteric book is, like God, simple yet undescribable. It is omniscient, and transforms all who know it. Omega is in many senses a cabalistic number. It can be known of, but not known, through human reason. To know it in detail, one would have to accept its uncomputable digit sequence on faith, like words of a sacred text." (C. H. Bennett)

The colours represent the founding universities: blue for Auckland and red for Waikato.

Contributors

Logo design: Peter Shields
Logo implementation: Jeremy Gibbons
Initial web site design and implementation: Carolyn Sanders
Research reports cover page design: Mark Titchener
Research reports cover page implementation: Jeremy Gibbons
The research reports are maintained by Michael Dinneen
The home-page is maintained by Cristian Calude
Re-design of the website in 2010 done by: Aaliya Ahmed



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