The Language of Mathematics
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30-12-2011, 03:36 AM
The Language of Mathematics
I'll guess we all heard that "Mathematics is the universal language".

For some reason I got trouble believing that, but I can't really formulate why, since I lack a very basic understanding of modern mathematics. It seems to me that a universal language would be able to explain constants like pi and won't be based on a numbering-system matching the number of fingers we got... Assuming of course, that the base 10 system emerged because of our physiology, which makes sense to me.

Can we get a thread going about this?
I would really like to hear other opinions and views on the doctrine surrounding modern mathematics.
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30-12-2011, 05:12 AM
RE: The Language of Mathematics
What they mean is that, "No matter what country, continent or planet you are from: The value you know as 2 + the value you know as 2 will always equal the value you know as 4."

No matter how complex, a mathematical formula can always be extracted from a situation.

The comparison fails where you define "universal" as; "understandable for everyone", since some formulae can be so complex, almost no one understands them.

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02-01-2012, 05:34 AM
RE: The Language of Mathematics
(30-12-2011 05:12 AM)The_observer Wrote:  The comparison fails where you define "universal" as; "understandable for everyone", since some formulae can be so complex, almost no one understands them.

You sir, are a go... No, that comparison won't work, let me instead say a deep thanks for the reply, and after considerably thought I tend to agree. To imagine a so simple and elegant answer seems almost to much.

I've speculated on this for the better part of 10 years and not once did I came close.

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02-01-2012, 06:42 AM (This post was last modified: 02-01-2012 06:46 AM by houseofcantor.)
RE: The Language of Mathematics
Well, no. A hive mind may count down from one using geometry. It seems a trend, with primitive societies that have no need of time; the count goes, 1, 2, many. There's a certain human arrogance involved with with declarations like "universal language" - for one I speak three universal languages - for another language may not even matter to the universe. And mathematics is Incomplete and capable of Stringiness. Big Grin

That said, sho' nuff the language of mathematics - the art of logical consistency - valid Starfleet level technology; come outta buncha monkeys. The teenage math prodigy Wizard among men. That's true enough. Wink
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