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Study Finds Twist To The Story Of The Number Line
2012-04-26 10:15:48

Yupno of Papua New Guinea provide clues to the concept's origins — and suggest familiar notion of time may not be straightforward, either Tape measures. Rulers. Graphs. The gas gauge in your car, and the icon on your favorite digital device showing battery power. The number line and its cousins — notations that map numbers onto space and often represent magnitude — are everywhere. Most adults in industrialized societies are so fluent at using the concept, we hardly...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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