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The alphabet has 26 symbols and mathematics has only ten.

The symbols are not the point. I can write one, two, three and so on.I could find a copy of the proof of Fermat's last theorem and I could read it out loud. A good stenographer could note it down. Neither of us would understand it.Most of the concepts used in language are fairly concrete.On the other hand, most mathematical concepts are very abstract; most of them are abstractions of abstractions.That's what makes them difficult.

Why is it that mathematics is so much more complicated than writing.

Quote from: Joe L. Ogan on 10/08/2010 22:53:38Why is it that mathematics is so much more complicated than writing. You will have the answer if you ask yourself: "Why is it that writing is so much more simple than mathematics?"