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Talking in Tuples

Mathematics is the *Most* Different Language. In Can we make mathematics intelligible?, R P Boas jokes: There is a test for identifying some of the future professional mathematicians at an early age. These are the students who instantly comprehend a sentence … Continue reading

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Sigma Algebras

Are mathematicians deliberately obscure? Or is it really so hard for them to write prose? Check out this description of σ-algebras from Wik***dia.BAD: In mathematics, a σ-algebra (also sigma-algebra, σ-field, sigma-field) is a technical concept for a collection of sets satisfying certain properties.[1] The main use of σ-algebras is in … Continue reading

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The Hotness Scale

One example of a total ordering ≤ is the “hotness” scale from 1–10. Because of the widespread disagreement about the meaning of the numbers, the only thing one can infer based on a man’s rating of a woman is that … Continue reading

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