Thursday, 14 May 2015
The number thinking, idea made more simple thinking,...
The number thinking, idea made more simple thinking, is a part of number thinking that has in it the human made ideas of: move happen caused by other move happen expression, adding of very many very small things which are not totally known, ways to say how much of something there is when you have not all of it but some weird part, where slower and slower things end up after a very long time, what things will do after a very long time when you are adding them, and facts about the relationships which we use to match parts of the real and imagined space which can be thought of as very very soft to touch even when you look really close and in weird ways.
This is the first line from 'Mathematical' 'analysis' on 'wikipedia'.
And the quotes are so I can show you this.
Normally it reads:
Mathematical analysis is a branch of mathematics that includes the theories of differentiation, integration, measure, limits, infinite series, and analytic functions.
My 'translation' was made using this tool, made by @TheoSanderson. The idea of constraint to a smaller vocabulary is an interesting one, and I think potentially very powerful. Mr Munroe has used it to create a comic strip and now a book, but I think it could also be used for teaching and learning, comedy, not to mention generally making text more accessible.
I also think it could have a place in games and puzzles. Everyday language is so well suited to what we use it for that we rarely get to play around with being constrained in general communication. The closest most people get is probably trying to order lunch in a foreign city. Don't you find there's something fun about thinking about how to translate complicated ideas into simple language? Have a play on the website above. I think it's great.
Or should that be: Don't you find there's something fun about thinking about how to word-change from not-easy-to-think-of ideas into simple groups of words? Have a play with the phone-line-using-word-show-picture above. I think it's great.