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Re: Sometimes <space> means multiple

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  • Subject: [mg75516] Re: Sometimes <space> means multiple
  • From: Vince Virgilio <blueschi at>
  • Date: Fri, 4 May 2007 04:07:39 -0400 (EDT)
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On May 3, 3:53 am, J=E1nos <janos.l... at> wrote:
> Just to be sure I looked up Jen=F6 Erd=F6s selected teachings again at
> and found no usage of "space" or "asterix" or "star" in any shape or
> form there for multiplication.  I could see only nothing or the
> central point for multiplication.
> So when someone is claiming that the virtuosity of Mathematica to
> convert "a b" into "a*b" and vice verse is the best thing after
> sliced bread, I am not impressed.
> With the best,
> J=E1nos
> P.S.  If you can read Hungarian, you will find that the pdf listed
> above is one of the finest work a real mathematician ever produced.

This is a mild education in mathematical notation for me. It also
feeds my odd fascination with the 7-bit ASCII character set.

Pointless? Yes. Interesting? Yes.

Vince Virgilio

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