John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Well, Since Today IS Makovette's Birthday...

Here's today's Forgotten English!

One skilled in fluxions ... the analysis of infinity small variable quantities, or a method of finding an infinitely small quantity which, being taken an infinite number of times, becomes equal to a quantity given.
--Noah Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828

A method of circulation resulting from the operation of fluents, or flowing numbers. ... The first elementary treatise on fluxions published in England was by John Harris in 1702. A description of the process by Newton himself followed in 1704 in his Quadrature of Curves. ... While the term fluxions is now scarcely ever used, that of differential calculus is in common use.
--Edward Lloyd's Encyclopaedic Dictionary, 1895

Whether an Algebraist, Fluxionist, Geometrician, or Demonstrator of any kind can expect indulgence for obscure principles?
--George Berkeley's The Analyst, 1734

Birthday of Albert Einstein (1879-1955),
German-born mathematical physicist, whose wife was once asked whether she understood her husband's revolutionary Theory of Relativity. "No, but I know Albert," she replied, "and I know he can be trusted."

I can never think of Relativity without remembering an incident in my Philosophy 101 ... the professor was trying to explain Enlightenment absolutism and one of the students kept getting more and more frothily outraged. "No! It's not like that! Everything is relative! You can't say there's any single real truth! IT'S ALL RELATIVE!!!"

Took it very personally, this guy did. The professor seemed terribly amused.

I realize that Relativity and Relativism are not the same, but hey, my mind works that way.

-The Gneech
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