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Best language for math by Simon Sattingbury - Wed, 22 Mar 2017 03:37:13 EST ID:lwS34rUW No.15429 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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German?
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George Brablingfoot - Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:10:52 EST ID:j58znr37 No.15431 Ignore Report Quick Reply
All I know is that when the Chinese talk math about every other word is in English. Just accept American hegemony already.
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Jenny Nillercocke - Sun, 09 Apr 2017 00:39:18 EST ID:AzT2mDEq No.15458 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>15429
According to my South African professor English is basically the worst language for maths, his personal notebooks are all in Afrikaans despite him also being a native English speaker.
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Phineas Chacklestetch - Sun, 09 Apr 2017 02:10:22 EST ID:vrOFV9fT No.15459 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>15458

I'd be interested in his reasoning if you ask him. It seems to me the language doesn't matter, as you are dealing with abstract objects it doesn't matter what language because the same deductive rules apply. If you call a semi-simple ring a 半简单戒指 it serves no purpose other than preventing a portion of the world from reading it.
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Phineas Chacklestetch - Sun, 09 Apr 2017 02:12:13 EST ID:vrOFV9fT No.15460 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>15429

I want to add that some German words are things that would be lengthy phrases in english. For instance a famous theorem is Hilbert's Nullstellensatz theorem, which roughly and shittily translated in to english means the zeroes places theorem.

German isn't a better language for math, because mathematical objects are independent of language.
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James Sinkinbitch - Sun, 09 Apr 2017 17:24:13 EST ID:6m87/9/+ No.15467 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>15459
I do agree, but I also think that sometimes language gets in the way of learning.

for instance, closed/open/clopen in topology (using words which have binary meaning to talk about objects which arent binary)

or 'imaginary' numbers

Those things arent hurdles for math people, but I do think they are hurdles when someone is trying to learn math
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Fucking Crocklemack - Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:08:40 EST ID:c0vo/Lfo No.15471 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>15460
It takes roughly as long to say Nullstellensatz as it does to say Zeros Places Theorem. All that German accomplishes is reducing the number of spaces you have to type.
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Thomas Pammerdale - Sat, 20 May 2017 21:41:47 EST ID:1puAuUud No.15506 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>15429
The lost language of babbaganoosh
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John Bliffingson - Wed, 24 May 2017 03:05:51 EST ID:lub1zF0h No.15512 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>15471

Yes, but there are fewer "z" letters in Zero Places Theorem, and the space key is already one of the most used buttons. It is more economic and eco-friendly over the long run to use long and complicated words that have lots of "z" and 15+ characters.


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