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>Subject: Re: teleology and language
>Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 09:18:34 -0700
> > >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
> > Try using it to discuss genetics or modern cosmology. How about a
> > 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
> > 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.
Suitability is relative. No language is perfect for the job, but some
languages are more suitable than others.
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