No i would say that in general maths and language are
completely unrelated. As a physicist I have met many
other scientists who were brilliant at maths,
infinitely better than myself, and completely useless
at essay writing, even science reports, which you
would think would not present too much of a language
I also know a very clever girl who can speak several
languages, and pick up a new one in a few weeks. She
is however completely useless at maths, and only just
scraped by her GCSE (very basic).
Computer programming bears much more relation to
language than it does to maths.
--- Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Just because they may happen in different parts of
> the brain, does not
> mean they are unrelated. All kinds of cross-currents
> of patterning,
> analogous top analogies are possible.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Monday, April 10, 2006 12:50 PM
> Subject: Re: (OT) Towards a speech of the machine
> > Tom Gray wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > Knowledge beyond the trivial is beyond the scope
> of mathematics.
> > We are learning a great deal through the 'miracle'
> of MRI. One highly
> > interesting bit of knowledge recently gained from
> it is that the part of
> > the brain that processes mathematics is _not_ the
> part of the brain that
> > processes language.
> > One of the things that follows from this is that
> it probably doesn't
> > make a lot of sense to argue over whether the
> knowledge from mathematics
> > is greater or lesser than knowledge processed
> through language. They are
> > simply different.
> > But the distinction between mathematics and
> language (or poetry) is not
> > relevant to if year++ then age ++, because
> actually as it stands in
> > Vishvesh's post (or even as part of the
> conversation between him and his
> > wife), the expression is _not_ mathematical; it is
> language. Whether it
> > is good poetry or bad poetry is a separate
> question, but if you are
> > going to call it either math or poetry, the
> correct label is poetry.
> > Carrol
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