tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-264226589944705290.post5245890572680063464..comments2021-12-14T05:53:12.175-08:00Comments on God Plays Dice: Complices are made up of simplexes, or something like thatMichael Lugohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15671307315028242949noreply@blogger.comBlogger7125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-264226589944705290.post-53590147772055592262009-02-14T11:18:00.000-08:002009-02-14T11:18:00.000-08:00...thus making it into the Hairy Eyeball theorem....thus making it into the Hairy Eyeball theorem.Mark Dominushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17698641253266210249noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-264226589944705290.post-76556153919626062009-02-13T20:23:00.000-08:002009-02-13T20:23:00.000-08:00I turned in an algebraic topology homework set wit...I turned in an algebraic topology homework set with "complices" all over it once.<BR/><BR/>I also put in entirely gratuitous references to the Hairy Ball Theorem.<BR/><BR/>The grader actually drew eyebrows on that one.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-264226589944705290.post-82203332158352328442009-02-13T17:51:00.000-08:002009-02-13T17:51:00.000-08:00Exactly right, Jonah. And if you're dealing with ...Exactly right, Jonah. And if you're dealing with a countable set, it should be "fewer than or equal to."Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-264226589944705290.post-15841833695761368962009-02-13T14:31:00.000-08:002009-02-13T14:31:00.000-08:00Interesting thought, Mark. But you could go the o...Interesting thought, Mark. But you could go the other way and describe something as "comple".<BR/><BR/>And then, as I think about it... I think the most appropriate choice has been made all along.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-264226589944705290.post-64728270813689935932009-02-13T14:14:00.000-08:002009-02-13T14:14:00.000-08:00When we say that a set is partially ordered, we me...When we say that a set is partially ordered, we mean that it has a partial ordering, no? And likewise, totally ordered sets have total orderings. Shouldn't it be the case, then, that a well-ordered set has a "good ordering"?Jonahhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/15159561721777836053noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-264226589944705290.post-78582305558068168132009-02-13T11:32:00.000-08:002009-02-13T11:32:00.000-08:00I have often wished that the distinction between ...I have often wished that the distinction between "complex" and "complicated" was echoed in "simple". Wouldn't it be nice, for example, if one could describe something that was (possibly) complex but not complicated, as "simplicated"?Mark Dominushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17698641253266210249noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-264226589944705290.post-30227499353329122102009-02-13T08:10:00.000-08:002009-02-13T08:10:00.000-08:00That's probably it. More specifically, it's that ...That's probably it. More specifically, it's that mathematicians coining the terms didn't really pay attention to linguistics, and used the simple English plural for "complex" they already knew, but looked up the proper plural for "simplex".<BR/><BR/>Hey, at least they didn't come up with something completely New and Stupidâ„˘ like "octopi".Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com