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> >Counterpoint to your specific examples: just try to prove Fermat's last
> >theorem by using Greek mathematics. :)
> Try using ancient Greek to tell someone how to build a 747 or a computer.
> Try using it to discuss genetics or modern cosmology. How about a lecture
> on quantum mechanics? Walt Whitman's language was suitable for his time
> culture. You couldn't restrict yourself to it and do much of anything in
> any field but literature today.
Good point, but even modern English has its own limits.
When I studied physics I learned that English, or any other spoken language
for that matter,
in rather ill-suited to use in describing quantum mechanical dynamics.
The reason being that English is based on a classical
interpretation of the world.
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