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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.
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.
- To say in too many words; to express verbosely.
- To express in too many words: sometimes used reflexively.
- The leading idea or a repeated phrase, as of a song or ballad; the refrain; burden.