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Topic: Where do math symbols originate?
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Re: Where do math symbols originate?
Posted: Apr 10, 2013 10:51 PM
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On Tuesday, October 15, 2002 6:30:05 PM UTC-7, Ralph E. Frost wrote:
> [Rated "RFTOR" in s.p.r.]
> The normally well-mannered, docile fellows in the advanced symbolics and
> unification division here at the lab started a bad squabble the other day
> that perhaps someone in SPR can speak into and put an end to those
> guys can shut up and get back to calculating -- to doing real work.
> One group, the experimentalists, came out with the idea that since
> abstract math symbols are linguistic artifacts, all abstract math symbols
> and thus all abstract mathematics arise from and thus are secondary to a
> very small number of very flexible physical structures and relationships
> down in the guts of human consciousness.
> This made sense to the experimentalists, because they couldn't escape the
> notion that their plans for improved experimental rigs, as best they can
> tell, flow up out of various rearrangements of the same flexible physical
> structures.
> However, as readers might well imagine, the abstract math contingent will
> have none of this troublesome talk and taunting, even though they
> can only grunt and groan ineffable noises when confronted with the
> observation that the unified thing itself does all it's math flawlessly
> using the so-called "analog math symbols". To complicate matters, some of
> abstract folks are becoming a bit intrigued by the idea that the step up to
> the emerging, more unified models in fact very might require the
> introduction and shift to using more robust, more synchronous math symbols
> than folks use in the less unified models. At this moment, though, none of
> them can venture a guess on which analog math symbol might be the absolute
> best to be deployed or how such an awkward notion might be refined and
> developed.
> Anyway, I am asking for your help to resolve this squabble one way or the
> other.
> --
> Ralph Frost
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> Use more robust symbols
> Seek a thought worthy of speech.


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