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Topic: International Mathematics Olympiad (fwd)
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Richard Fouchaux

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Re: Unambigious math
Posted: Aug 1, 1997 3:01 PM
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msouth@scan.shodor.org writes:
>how about:

>there was a town in which the barber shaved all men who did not shave
>themselves. Who shaved the barber?


There is nothing in this statement which precludes women in this town
from shaving men. Perhaps the barber's wife shaves the barber. Is
there a set of men who do shave themselves, but also shave others?
Perhaps one of them shaves the barber.

Is ambiguity that which causes us to forget to consider all the
possibilities? In that case I think some part of ambiguity must be in
the eye of the beholder... not only in the language. I presume that
would hold equally true for the language of mathematics as for any
other language.

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Richard Fouchaux rfouchaux@edu.yorku.ca
http://www.edu.yorku.ca/~tcs/~rfouchaux/
Education Resource Centre, York University Fac. of Ed.
Music & Math, Milne Valley Middle School, North York, ON, CA




Date Subject Author
7/30/97
Read International Mathematics Olympiad (fwd)
Tad Watanabe
7/30/97
Read Re: International Mathematics Olympiad
Jack Roach
7/30/97
Read Re: International Mathematics Olympiad
Michael Paul Goldenberg
7/31/97
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Charles J. Masenas
7/31/97
Read Re: International Mathematics Olympiad
Michael Paul Goldenberg
7/31/97
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Charles J. Masenas
7/31/97
Read Unambigious math
Ed Wall
7/31/97
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Jack Roach
8/1/97
Read Re: Unambigious math
Ed Wall
8/1/97
Read Nonstatements
Jack Roach
8/1/97
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Judy Roitman
8/1/97
Read Re: Nonstatements
Jack Roach
7/31/97
Read Re: Unambiguous math
Judy Roitman
8/1/97
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Ed Wall
8/1/97
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E. Abrahamson
8/1/97
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Charles J. Masenas
8/1/97
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Judy Roitman
7/31/97
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Charles J. Masenas
7/31/97
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Michael Paul Goldenberg
7/31/97
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Judy Roitman
7/31/97
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Charles Masenas
7/31/97
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Mike South
8/1/97
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Judy Roitman
8/1/97
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mtbb0@ms.uky.edu
8/1/97
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mtbb0@ms.uky.edu
8/1/97
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Jennifer Kaplan
8/1/97
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Richard Fouchaux
8/1/97
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Ralph A. Raimi
8/2/97
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Tad Watanabe
8/3/97
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Michael Paul Goldenberg
8/1/97
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Richard Fouchaux
8/1/97
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Mike South
8/1/97
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Mike South
8/3/97
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Karen Dee Michalowicz
7/31/97
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Tad Watanabe

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