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- Subject: [mg101249] Re: Ansatz?
- From: Vince <blueschi at gmail.com>
- Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2009 06:08:06 -0400 (EDT)
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On Jun 26, 6:51 am, Roland Franzius <roland.franz... at uos.de> wrote:
> Vince schrieb:
> > On Jun 22, 4:22 am, AES <sieg... at stanford.edu> wrote:
> >> Wolfram MathWorld says:
> >> An ansatz is an assumed form for a mathematical statement
> >> that is not based on any underlying theory or principle.
> >> SEE ALSO: Conjecture, Hypothesis, Principle, Proposition
> >> 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 =
> >> a calculation.
> >> The "underlying theory or principles" in my interpretation can be
> >> perfectly clear, and no "Conjectures" or "Hypotheses" need be involved=
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