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qer comments on Archimedes's Chronophone - Less Wrong

20 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 23 March 2007 05:43PM

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Comment author: qer 23 March 2007 10:15:14PM -1 points [-]

Teach him decimal notation! It would bring us ahead a thousand years. Can't remember who first said that, but I read it somewhere.

Comment author: themusicgod1 31 January 2013 12:04:08PM 0 points [-]

Wouldn't he have just discarded it as he was trained with other notation?

It would be like someone in the modern english world trying to learn chinese math notation. We could probably understand the concepts so could in principle do it, but it would seem relatively unweildly, even if it turns out that it's a much more elegant way of doing math. We'd never know.

He might very well learn it and then go "that's cute" and then ignore it.