incompleteness incompleteness

Definition(s):

  • (n) the state of being crude and incomplete and imperfect

Usage(s):

  1. To this unending effort to know God, man is driven by the noblest of his intuitionsthe sense of his mortal incompletenessand by hard experience.
  2. Given the current quality and incompleteness of the woolly-mammoth genome sequence, it is unlikely that we will see mammoths walking the earth again.
  3. Much as formal systems, thanks to their very power, are doomed to incompleteness, so living beings, thanks to their complexity, are doomed to perish, each in its own unique manner.

News

  • What's Another $17 Million for a New Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial?

    Pity the architect who agrees to design and build a memorial for the National Mall. Just about every such monument has met impassioned opposition and complaints during design and construction. Even the Washington Monument, the Capitol City's most iconic landmark, was thought to be an unsightly boondoggle by some. "Better, indeed, that it should crumble into dust in its present incompleteness ...
    on July 12, 2013     Source: National Journal via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. "This thing is amazing in its incompleteness and in the disruption that it's caused, the insecurity that it has caused. And, I'm just, frankly appalled," added Rep. John Kline, R-Minn.
    on Aug 1, 2005 By: John Kline Source: FOXNews

  2. "After Kurt Gödel's incompleteness theorem shattered all hope for total certainty in mathematics, it basically signaled the total failure of the quest," said Papadimitriou. "Several mathematicians tried to sharpen this negative result and...
    on Oct 31, 2009 By: Christos Papadimitriou Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  3. The Brooklyn that he loves, Lethem says, is marked by "a definitive incompleteness".
    on Jan 9, 2010 By: Jonathan Lethem Source: The Guardian

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