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what sort of maths do the aliens have?

Are some areas of maths inherently central and others as more peripheral? Or is any sense of centrality just a human experience, a cultural artifact arising from: what has had greater application, what has been studied more, what produces a greater sense of the sublime in the human mind? Are some parts of mathematics inherently a more fundamental description of what is going on in the universe, or is it as silly (or correct?) to talk about maths that way as it would be to talk that way about a classical ballet? [more inside]
posted by compound eye on Sep 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Paradox: objective meaninglessness of concept of similarity?

Has anyone heard of the mathematical "proof" that the concept of similarity is objectively meaningless? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Feb 1, 2012 - 8 answers

∃x∀y∃z[Qx∧(My→Pyx)∧Wz ∧Pzx] ∨ ∃x[Qx∧∀y(My→Pyx)∧∃z(Wz∧Pzx)]?

∃x∀y∃z[Qx∧(My→Pyx)∧Wz ∧Pzx] ∨ ∃x[Qx∧∀y(My→Pyx)∧∃z(Wz∧Pzx)] ? [more inside]
posted by ed\26h on Sep 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Bill Nye should be a Mefite.

What are some simple experiments that help explain complicated phenomena? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Jul 6, 2009 - 15 answers

Did Pythagoras exist?

Did Pythagoras exist? [more inside]
posted by painquale on Feb 14, 2009 - 11 answers

I want to be smart so I can write clever Askme Headlines

What are some easy, relatively quick ways to learn to write better, think clearer, and express myself better? [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Jan 28, 2009 - 24 answers

Individual free choice but collective predictability?

Can someone explain why despite the fact that every one of these incidents occurs at a unique time and place, each involves a complex history of events and personal decisions leading to its very unlikely outcome, that the death toll on the roads year-on-year is so predictable? See here and here. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Dec 28, 2008 - 47 answers

Does the study of math sharpen critical thinking skills?

If a man’s wit be wandering, let him post a question about mathematics and reasoning to MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 25, 2007 - 20 answers

How are we different from patterns in data?

What are some good writings on the relationship between what we think of as the physical world and the world of mathematical abstractions (the space in which, for example, all possible sequences exist) ? [more inside]
posted by teleskiving on Jun 19, 2005 - 16 answers

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