Mathematically Speaking, English is Trivial - Printable Version +- HP Forums (https://www.hpmuseum.org/forum) +-- Forum: Not HP Calculators (/forum-7.html) +--- Forum: Not remotely HP Calculators (/forum-9.html) +--- Thread: Mathematically Speaking, English is Trivial (/thread-5022.html) Mathematically Speaking, English is Trivial - Gerald H - 10-29-2015 11:08 AM English ^ English = 1 ? http://www.theguardian.com/science/alexs-adventures-in-numberland/2015/oct/29/mathematicians-prove-the-triviality-of-english RE: Mathematically Speaking, English is Trivial - Matt Watson - 10-29-2015 06:58 PM It seems like that is all based upon the assumption that two things that are not the same are equal to each other... but cute I suppose nevertheless. RE: Mathematically Speaking, English is Trivial - Gerald H - 10-29-2015 07:20 PM Quite right, Matt, algebra is all about the equality of expressions that are different, eg √5853+√(158+2*√5853) = √(79+2*√97)+√(5932-2*√97+2*√(462387-11706*√97)). Indeed, the work of detectives is the same, trying to work out that "the killer" & "Mr Markback" are the same person. RE: Mathematically Speaking, English is Trivial - Matt Watson - 10-29-2015 10:43 PM Ah, but those are numbers, and quantity is the only characteristic of numbers. Numbers are one dimensional (could be smart and say two), language has tone, meaning and I'm sure more. Now, I would like to see someone quantify sarcasm. RE: Mathematically Speaking, English is Trivial - Bill Platt - 11-03-2015 05:26 AM All I knowe is there ain't nothing algebraic about grammar.