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Quote by Knuth

From: Christopher Dimech
Subject: Quote by Knuth
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2021 08:21:10 +0200

> Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 6:06 PM
> From: "Marcin Borkowski" <>
> To: "Emanuel Berg" <>
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: Quote by Knuth
> On 2021-07-15, at 00:53, Emanuel Berg via Users list for the GNU Emacs text 
> editor <> wrote:
> > But without the symbolic notation it isn't really math, is it,
> > because the natural language, no matter how careful one is,
> > can still be misinterpreted, interpreted in several ways, it
> > can be translated, made fun of ...
> Interesting, but false.  What Greeks did was most certainly mathematics
> even if they had little to none symbolism.

We don't do greek mathematics anymore.  It was mainly geometric, which became
an ingrained technique that stall development until Liebniz introduced some 
notation.  Magneto-Hydro-Dynamics needs compact notation.  Inverse Estimation
is another example.

> Also, there's plenty of room for misinterpretation in some mathematical
> notations (multivariate analysis comes to mind).

That is also true, development good notation that helps is a difficult part when
doing mathematics.

> Best,
> --
> Marcin Borkowski

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