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Researcher Explores The Illogical Nature Of Language
2013-02-05 07:59:52

Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When the philosopher and linguist Jeffry Pelletier first handed in his doctoral dissertation in the 1970s, he was unaware his obscure study of a grammatical oddity would eventually open up a new field of research. Now a professor at the University of Alberta, Pelletier argued in his original thesis that natural languages — unlike computer languages or mathematics — do not always accurately or logically describe the...

2008-05-29 19:15:14

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The ability to map numbers onto a line, a foundation of all mathematics, is universal, says a study published this week in the journal Science, but the form of this universal mapping is not linear but logarithmic. The findings illuminate both the nature and the limits of the human predisposition to measurement, a foundation for science, engineering, and much of our modern culture. The research was conducted with the Munduruku, an Amazonian indigenous culture with a...


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