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

Ian Kelly ian.g.kelly at gmail.com
Thu Jul 23 21:34:11 CEST 2015

On Jul 22, 2015 9:46 PM, "Steven D'Aprano" <
steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info> wrote:
> 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
> weightless...
> *wink*
> Did gravity exist before Newton? Then he discovered it (in some sense).
> Did the 9th Symphony exist before Beethoven? No? Then he composed it.

Gravity existed before Newton, but the *theory* of gravity did not, so he
composed the theory?
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