Re: [Czechlist] Re: English Marketing Speak?
- As a non-engineer, that's how I first interpreted it too. I just
thought it might be a clumsy choice of symbolism.
On Feb 15, 2008, at 8:35 AM, Josef Hlavac wrote:
> As an engineer, I confirm - the "invention of the zero" idea was the
> first thing that came to my mind. Especially given the "redefining
> mathematics" part.
> coilinoc wrote:
> > That's precisely how I interpreted it as well. It's not so
> terrible if
> > that's what they mean.
> > Mind you, I only knew about the "infernal nought" thing because a
> > years back I heard a BBC documentary about it and how the crusaders
> > bringing back the 0 completely changed the intellectual climate in
> > West.
> > Perhaps the target audience of this text (engineers, programmers?)
> > would have known this as a matter of course and got the reference
> > straight away...?
> > C.
> > --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "melvyn.geo" <zehrovak@...> wrote:
> >> OK I am guessing here for lack of context, but I think there MAY
> >> be an idea lurking _behind the text_ as you say.
> >> Could it be that they are referring to the idea that the Romans did
> >> not have a symbol for zero and that some clever clogs was
> >> bOld enough to subsequently invent the zero symbol and so make
> >> arithmetic a lot easier*.
> >> Have a careful look at the O in bold. It could even be as corny as
> >> that. :-)
> >> So I would expand your sentence like this: Someone who dared to
> give a
> >> value to nothing (i.e. to invent a symbol for the idea of nothing,
> >> zero, zilch etc. instead of using a blank space) and who by doing
> >> redefined mathematics - this someone did believe in boldness.
> >> BR
> >> M.
> >> The actual history of zero is perhaps not as straightforward as
> >> but that is the idea.
> >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/0_(number)#History_of_zero
> > Translators' tricks of the trade:
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