Wednesday, February 6, 2013

For the Love of Language and Math - Expanded

[(N + H)ow + (T + W)hat](I know).

How would you expand this expression?

If you think like famous mathematician Norman Anning, you would read it as:

Now I know how I know that I know what I know.

Norman Herbert Anning (August 28, 1883 – May 1, 1963) was a mathematician, assistant Professor, Professor Emeritus, and instructor in mathematics at the University of Michigan from 1920 through his retirement in 1953.

Anning contributed the above “non-commutative soliloquy of an introspective epistemologist” for a 1948 issue of  Scripta Mathematica.

Scripta Mathematica was a quarterly journal published by Yeshiva University devoted to the philosophy, history, and expository treatment of mathematics. It was published from 1933 through 1973.

adj.1. Relating to, involving, or characterized by substitution, interchange, or exchange. 2. Independent of order. Used of a logical or mathematical operation that combines objects or sets of objects two at a time. If a × b = b × a, the operation indicated by × is commutative.

 n. 1. a. A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener. b. A specific speech or piece of writing in this form of discourse. 2. The act of speaking to oneself.

adj. 1. Given to examining own sensory and perceptual experiences.

n. 1. A specialist in epistemology.

n. The branch of philosophy that studies the nature of knowledge, its presuppositions and foundations, and its extent and validity.

Definitions via

Thanks to Futility Closet for bringing this soliloquy to my attention.

No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...