# two-symbol mathematics (was: Langauge Constets (was: NSM))

From: | Tristan Plumb <lingua@...> |

Date: | Thursday, November 22, 2007, 1:58 |

> > If mathematics can be derived from just two entities, 0 and 1, why
> > not a speaking language?
> How can mathematics be derived from just '0' and '1'? You have to be
> able to combine them somehow, and that means adding an operation, which
> immediately means a third item.

¡No! You can express the entirity of mathematics with the digits 0 and 1:
<http://web.archive.org/web/20070827140929/http://ling.ucsd.edu/~barker/Iota/>
Then, of course, a grammar, which is extraordinarily simple in this case.
(I hardly think anybody was thinking to have no rules to combine digits.)
enjoy,
tristan
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