[Beowulf] OS for 64 bit AMD
Robert G. Brown
rgb at phy.duke.edu
Tue Apr 5 06:08:08 EDT 2005
On Mon, 4 Apr 2005, Tony Travis wrote:
> Mark Hahn wrote:
> >>>this is utterly pointless, since we seem to disagree on axioms:
> >>Not really. We disagree on basic definitions. Axioms are accepted
> > no. axioms are the assumptions that underly a discussion.
> > disagreeing on axioms leads only to the kind of noise we've been engaging in.
> > I apologize for not quitting sooner.
> Hello, Mark.
> Although you may feel that this is pointless, I've found it quite useful
> to read your exchanges with Joe. In fact, I think that you are *both*
> right about what an 'axiom' is. The word has at least three meanings:
> a. maxim: A self-evident or universally recognized truth.
> b. law: An established rule or principle.
> c. postulate: A self-evident principle or one that is accepted as true
> without proof as the basis for argument.
> Perhaps, in a similar way, you might agree that other words can have
> more than one meaning according to the context in which they are used?
Ah, but the PROPER and ORIGINAL meaning of axiom is "unprovable
assumption" upon which a system of logic and discourse is built. The
final half-definition is the only one that is actually correct.
In fact, I've got a whole essay entitled "Axioms" on my personal
> Best wishes,
Robert G. Brown http://www.phy.duke.edu/~rgb/
Duke University Dept. of Physics, Box 90305
Durham, N.C. 27708-0305
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