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THEORY: (Was: Re: OT Syntax (Was: Re: THEORY: phonemes and Optimality Theory tutorial))

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Saturday, November 18, 2000, 22:00
On Sat, Nov 18, 2000 at 04:44:38PM -0500, Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
> I love how the history of mathematical prejudice is recorded in the names > of number-types: rational, irrational, imaginary, complex, nonstandard...<G>
You forgot *negative* numbers. :-) Or, for that matter, the non-existent quantity we call zero. [snip]
> YHL, who loves history of math but doesn't quite know enough math
Heh... I had always been somewhat interested in math, and then I happened to take a course called "the history of math" as an elective. (Why do I take math courses to fill up my electives? Don't ask unless you *really* want to know :-) )
> (Actually, I'm not sure anyone does, what with the explosion of > sub-sub-fields and specialists who can't talk to each other. Some > professors at Cornell have scared me with tales of going to mathematical > conferences where someone would give a paper and only one person in the > audience would pay attention while the rest went out for coffee, because > everyone else had no clue what was going on!)
Ooooh! So *that's* why that guy I met on IRC has so far declined to comment on some math stuff I sent him (about my magnitudes theory, see other post). :-P T -- MASM = Mana Ada Sistem, Man!