i.e Mathematical rules are always true while Grammatical 'rules' depend on the circumstance.
Which brings me back to ....... Give me Mathematics any day ........... I know where I am
Hi Graham. An old adage on the difference in thinking between exponents of the sciences and the arts! However, having spent some time as a NONscientist working with scientists, I know they do possess souls. Despite all their science (and I am thinking of medically-orientated scientists, which may make a difference) I have always been encouraged by the numbers that are convinced of life after death, for which belief there is no scientific explanation!
I should hope so too! As a scientist myself, once in my sixth form days described as a "cold hard scientist" by an arts student, only half in jest I think, I have some understanding of that percetion.
But scientists are still as human as anyone else, we just have to learn to separate our logic from our feelings. The scientific method is a powerful epistemology - the error some make is in believing it is the only one.
An old adage on the difference in thinking between exponents of the sciences and the arts!
Hi Peter, Not exactly ..... although the Sciences use Maths there are important differences. Science either 1 ) observe a real life situation and then try and fit a Mathematical model to it. If it fits fine, if not they 'tweak' the model until it does fit. e.g Newton's laws work well ( but not perfectly ) for most situations. Then Einstein et al had to modify them for relativity etc. .... or 2) Use Maths to predict something then go look for it. e.g The recent 'big bang' experiment in Geneva. Hunting for a Mathematically predicted particle.
At the risk of now annoying all the Sciences their world is continually moving and the latest model will always need to be modified.
Mathematics gives an exact solution to a problem but if the problem changes then the exact Mathematics will have to change to accommodate this.
My point is that Maths is exact hence a rule is exact. ( Unless of course Maths is trying to predict a random event ..... e.g chaos theory )
Cat Stevens had an album called Numbers - A Pythagorean Theory Tale in 1975. It didn't do very well in the charts, Maybe it was to abstract for it's time. It seems to be music for fun and is very light and playful to listen to. I had it as an LP since it's innitial release and was delighted to get it again on CD in 2001 a full 26 years later.
Post by stevemacdonald on Apr 2, 2009 16:39:59 GMT
"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names." -- Chinese proverb,
My peeve of the day is that some names are just too hard or tricky to pronounce, and yet people take offense or become excessively patronising if you get it wrong. That makes me want to mispronounce it all the more! Unfortunately, letters of the alphabet don't sound the same in every language. What the world needs is a universal phonetic spelling system that will eliminate confusion.
Hi Paddy, Ah.....….. now we are getting somewhere !
A point is a location in space. Points are dimensionless. That is, a point has no width, length, or height.. A pencil line is just a way to illustrate the idea on paper. You may specify a line by specifying any two points within the line. For any two points, only one line passes through both points.
So yes what you say is true, BUT you are not dealing with a Mathematical line or point......as Mathematics has to be precise! So that brings us back to where we began i21.photobucket.com/albums/b294/hdjoespics/EEjdKsU.gif a Mathematical rule is always true, if there was a exception then it would not be a rule. Therefore to prove something it must be done in general e.g Proof by Induction. No amount of particular examples will prove it, as it could break down later. However it only takes one 'counter example' to disprove something and show a proposed ‘rule’ is not a rule !.
Hello Paddy ! Its a shame some people get hung up about errors in others' punctuation !!
No Jeff, I do not agree. I earlier refrained from commenting as I could only riposte in a very strong manner which might well upset at least one Moderator! Instead, I have recently received an email which was a friend quoting from TheTimes , so I will copy that in here and challenge any Mod to think TheTimes language is in an y way unacceptable.
"AN OBITUARY PRINTED IN THE LONDON TIMES. Interesting and sadly true.
'Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, 'Common Sense', who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouth wash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust. His wife, Discretion, his daughter, Responsibility, his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights; I Want It Now; Someone Else Is To Blame; I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing. "
Her eyes were the blue of cornflowers that dance amongst ripening wheat, Her hair the colour of golden sands bleached by summer's heat.