OT Re: Math-embarrassment results in CS [was: Should non-security 2.7 bugs be fixed?]

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Thu Jul 23 07:41:28 CEST 2015

On Thursday 23 July 2015 04:09, Rustom Mody wrote:

> tl;dr To me (as unprofessional a musician as mathematician) I find it
> arbitrary that Newton *discovered* gravity whereas Beethoven *composed*
> the 9th symphony.

Newton didn't precisely *discover* gravity. I'm pretty sure that people 
before him didn't think that they were floating through the air 


Did gravity exist before Newton? Then he discovered it (in some sense).

Did the 9th Symphony exist before Beethoven? No? Then he composed it.


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