# Re: Programming is the Engineering Discipline of the Science that is Mathematics

Date: 8 Jun 2006 02:23:24 -0700

Message-ID: <1149758603.930629.80570_at_u72g2000cwu.googlegroups.com>

x wrote:

> "Marshall" <marshall.spight_at_gmail.com> wrote in message

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**>
**> So you say that math is an invention ?
**>
**> > I agree that there are many things that are well-described by
**> > mathematics in the natural world. I disagree that there are
**> > mathematical objects directly present in the real world.
**>
**> > I might have a basket with 3 oranges, but I can never
**> > have a basket with just 3 in it.
**>
**> Yes. You also have that basket. :-)
**> I can move 3 around by moving you for example.
**> 3 is as natural as you are. :-)
**>
**> > I might be able to accurately predict the volume of a
**> > soccer ball using equations about spheres, but I'll
**> > never directly see a sphere in the real world;
**> > a sphere is made up of points, and the real world
**> > has no points in it. At least, not with the instruments
**> > I've used to go looking for them.
**>
**> Then you have not used your head, I suppose ... :-)
**>
**> > I rather think 3 has more in common with unicorns than
**> > with horses. (This is of course a metaphoric statement
**> > rather than a literal one.) But I find 3 to be ... useful
**> > nonetheless.
**>
**> Well, horses might not be that different from unicorns after all ...
**> Different carrying device.
**>
**> > Marshall
**>
**> > PS. 5 is right out.
**>
**> What is with this 1,3,5,7 ?
**> You skipped 2 ?
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I guess this is how numerology was born ;)
Received on Thu Jun 08 2006 - 11:23:24 CEST