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Symbols Affect Thought

Wired blogger Samuel Arbesman reminds readers that how we represent mathematical ideas affects how we think about them.

Arbesman's case in point is the equals sign—invented in the 16th century—but the timeline he includes, which shows when symbols from the plus sign to the nabla came into use, invites further contemplation.

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Start Date: 
Monday, November 17, 2014

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