Why use Perl when we've got Python?!
faqtori at hotmail.com
Fri Aug 27 07:33:04 CEST 1999
In article <7putsq$3ql$1 at lycaeus.calstatela.edu>, ramune at bigfoot.com
> In article <slrn7s2lb3.k6b.abigail at alexandra.delanet.com>,
> Abigail <abigail at delanet.com> wrote:
> [snip amusing rant]
> >Yeah, those math texts from the 16th and 17th century, they are sooooo easy
> >to read, because they lack all the symbols. Not to mention the original
> >Euclid and those other Greeks, who had no symbols at all!
> Oh, but they're written with only symbols! All those confusing greek symbols
> that mathematicians use are the basic building blocks for the language! Why
> didn't they just use English?
Hmm that might be a bit off, the anchient Greeks had no concept of
variables, thus you would never see f(x)= 2y in any old greek
mathematics. IIRC variables were discovered(?) by Al-Jabar sometime
Thus the Greeks certainly did not use symbols, and it held back
mathematics. Not that this applies to python vs. perl.
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