[lit-ideas] The Frame of the Reference

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 01:42:15 EST

Palma (whose surname means "palma")  says:
"I get annoyed --which is not the same thing- by the
tiresome repetition  of yes bullshit (mierda de toros, sounds better?) on
the "frame of  reference""
---- Perhaps you should start using the OED -- I suppose your Ducal  
connection allows the connection, and start loving some expressions. We have to 
admit, non-native speakers of English, that this OED is a MINE of WISDOM and a  
true LABOUR OF LOVE. What other dictionary for what other language does provide 
such a wealth of information?
----(Am I assuming, I hope, that your native language -- first language --  
*is* Indo-European. I like this guessing game) -- Your country of origin starts 
 with an "A"?
frame of reference:    (i) A  system of co-ordinate axes in relation to which 
position may be defined and  motion conceived of as taking place. 

1897 A. E. H. LOVE  Theoretical Mechanics i. 5 
A set of lines of reference such as  OA, OB, OC with respect to which the 
position of a point P can be  determined will be called a frame of reference. 
Ibid. xiii.  360 ‘Acceleration’, and by consequence ‘force’, have no meaning  
except as dependent on a frame; ‘acceleration’ means ‘acceleration relative to 
a  frame’, and similarly with force. 
1928  A. S. EDDINGTON Nature Physical World iii. 61 
The particular frame in which we are relatively at  rest has a symmetry with 
respect to us which other frames do not possess. 
1942 SYNGE & GRIFFITH Princ. Mech. i. 12 
Latitude and longitude define position on the  earth's surface; we are here 
using the earth as a frame of reference. 
1965 J. D. NORTH Measure of Universe xvi. 362 
The triply-infinite set of inertial frames  connected by the Lorentz 
transformations is often referred to as a new  ‘Absolute’. 
1967 RODBERG & THALER  Introd. Quantum Theory of Scattering x. 260 The S 
matrix we have been using..describes collisions in  an arbitrary reference 
(ii) fig. and  transf. (Always as frame of reference.) A set of standards, 
beliefs, or  assumptions governing perceptual or logical evaluation or social 

1924 Sci. Amer. Dec. 401/1 This is the mind's ‘frame of  reference’ for the 
facts of the outer world. 
1933  G. B. SHAW Polit. Madhouse Amer. 16 
If I may borrow an expression from my friend  Professor Archibald Henderson, 
who is a mathematician, he had no frame of  reference. He had no scientific 
postulates of any kind. He was in the air. 
1936  M. SHERIF Psychol. Soc. Norms ii. 9 
We shall give concrete examples to illustrate the  existence of norms or 
frames of reference which are different from those that  are taken by western 
civilization to be as ‘natural’ as air or water. 
1949 KOESTLER Insight & Outlook xxvii. 366 In each pair two universes clash, 
two self-contained frames of  reference, two hierarchies of values intersect. 
1957 V. G. CHILDE Dawn Europ. Civilization (ed. 6) x. 176 But his [sc. 
Montelius's] disciples and imitators have  clumsily extended his system beyond 
regions for which it was devised and  have used it as a frame of reference into 
which cultural phenomena in Central  Europe, South Russia, and even Turkestan 
must be fitted! 
1958  Listener 6 Nov. 724/1 There is  as yet no assured frame of reference 
for comparisons between the scrolls and the  New Testament. 
1967 A. ARENT  Gravedigger's Funeral xii. 192  That was the thing about 
Jenny. Her frame of reference. She was  solid.

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