[plt-scheme] Re: Why "lambda"?

From: YC (yinso.chen at gmail.com)
Date: Sun May 31 15:34:14 EDT 2009

On Sun, May 31, 2009 at 11:41 AM, Jos Koot <jos.koot at telefonica.net> wrote:

> That does not sound like a sound idea. Learning programming, or maths or
> music is like learning a language. The alphabet is part of it. If you don't
> master the alphabet, you can'r read communications of others.
> There is a (small) possibility you only want to understand the essentials
> without being disturbed by a new language (cq alphabet). But if the subject
> catches you and you want to read more about it, ignorance of the language
> gives you no access to other literature.
> We are even lucky compared to Chinese people, I think. May be we should use
> Chinese characters in our maths too. A very rich set of new symbols!
Yes the symbol matters.  I would love to see someone experiment with using
Chinese characters and see what happens.  It's just abstractions right?
Then one should have no issue picking up the following two equations with
equal ease.

能 = 量光^2

E = MC^2

At least physics equations' choice of symbols often have direct meanings,
which aids understanding.  Math symbols often appeared arbitrary.
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