[lit-ideas] Re: Imagination and maths [and maybe more.....]

  • From: Eric Yost <NYCEric@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 16:40:22 -0500

Donal asks:

1. Can a person imagine '2+2=4'?

2. Can a person imagine '2+2=5'?


Do you mean "imagine" particular examples or the generic math? Or the 
math itself?

It's easy to imagine two couples meeting at a coffee shop to hold court 
at a table of four.  It's also easy to imagine this same group nine 
months later, one couple with a newborn child.

On the other hand, arithmetic itself resists visualization. To imagine 
the arithmetic itself, one may have to visualize the numbers on a 
blackboard--even though that image is only another particular example of 
the math.

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