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Re: Ansatz?

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  • Subject: [mg101095] Re: Ansatz?
  • From: AES <siegman at>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 06:29:29 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • References: <h1nf0q$91h$> <h1qcub$7ul$>

In article <h1qcub$7ul$1 at>,
 "M.Roellig" <markus.roellig at> wrote:

> Hi,
> > Somewhere I've picked up the idea that "ansatz" can also be used to
> > indicate the "form" or the "approach" -- more specifically, something
> > like the choice of coordinates and variables and equations -- the
> > "geometry and notation" so to speak -- in which one sets up a problem or
> > a calculation.
> I would say, that this is the common understanding of ansatz in
> science (at least for a native german speaker). An example would be the
> german word Loesungsansatz, meaning the initial choice of how to approach
> (and solve) a given problem,
> e.g. the starting point of a mathematical proof or the set of initial
> assumptions.

Thanks! -- that's been my assumption also -- ever since I encountered 
the term in a (high-quality) scientific article written, as I recall, in 
English, but by a native German author.

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