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>From: Yoon Ha Lee <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Constructed Languages List <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Greek letters in math (was Re: Old Languages)
>Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 15:07:11 -0700
>
>On Thursday, October 4, 2001, at 11:25 AM, Andreas Johansson wrote:
>
>>YHL wrote:
>>>I would love to learn Ancient Greek, it's just trying to learn Spanish
>>>*and* juggle teaching *and* classes right now is probably all I can
>>>handle.
>>>   At least the alphabet is half-familiar from years of physics and
>>>math.  :-)  Stepping-stones are useful...
>>
>>Speaking of Greek letters in math, I've got math prof who absolutely loves
>>using lowercase xi, most commonly for a certain undetermined value of a
>>variable x. Now, of course, lowercase xi is about the most undrawable
>>character I've ever come across ...
>>
>>... and don't get me started on minus xi-null prime ...
>
><shudder>  God, yeah.  Of course, I've had my share of profs whose x's, k'
>s, 5's and s's were *all* indistinguishable.

Well, I'm sometimes unable to tell my own x's and y's apart - REALLY bad
with functions y=f(x) ...

                                            Andreas

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