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I was just looking at a mathematical topic (Fermat's
Theorem, which was mentioned in one of [Vernon]'s
I'm not a mathematician, to my eternal regret. I could
follow the arguments,
but had to stop time and time again to track down the
meaning of the more esoteric
Because the symbols seem to be rendered as graphics,
there's no easy way to copy-and-paste them into a
search; I also don't know what the symbols are actually
called, if they have names at all. (The Greek ones, like
capital Sigma, are OK.)
Most of them are perfectly simple, if you know the
shorthand (like "is a member of" or "is a subset of" etc),
and there are plenty of sites out there that list and
mathematical symbols (though some are context/topic-
But wouldn't it be helpful if mathematical formulae had
mouseover-pop-up-things that gave a brief definition of
the symbol, in that particular context?
Old skool Borg. [AntiQuark, Sep 05 2011]
Not quite what you want, but still cute.
[mouseposture, Sep 05 2011]
||All very well in its way, but you do realise the possible consequences ? Eventually, this could result in the <shudder> common people reading mathematical works, and where would that lead ? Why, you'll be suggesting that the Bible be translated into English, and that women be taught to read and write next ...
||I think the term for a juvenile borg is 'elver'.
||On second thoughts, it might be 'borg'.
||Whatever it is they are called, most importantly they can be destroyed when their organic components are liquified and their spinal columns are ruptured.
||It is only fair to point out that the same process works equally
well on humans
||Try wolfram.com, or wolframalpha.com. Usually the mouseover will give you more clues.
||I want to give this another (+), it's just not fair.
||I love the hyperlink aspect of wikipedia that lets a person wade into uncharted territory without being completely lost. To have the math symbols hyperlink as well would be great.
||I thought it was bamborgnos in Spanish.
||Thanks, [4whom]. It's still a bit abbreviated (mostly
one-word substitutions of symbols), but closer to
what I had in mind.
||And thanks [mouseposture] - nice site!