[NTG-context] OT world history: other measuring systems?

Hans Hagen j.hagen at xs4all.nl
Wed Jan 26 22:43:45 CET 2022


On 1/26/2022 10:07 PM, jbf via ntg-context wrote:
> Just be careful, though (writing as a native English speaker), because 
> the word 'polymath' for English speaker is not a reference to 
> mathematicians at all. (Greek/mathē/ means 'learning' not mathematics). 
> Translators are well aware of the danger of homonyms, and if you go for 
> a title like Manual for Polymathematicians, then the word is being 
> wrongly used. There is a word 'polymath' in English, but not 
> 'polymathematician', unless of course you make it clear that it is 
> merely a play on words. But personally, I'd avoid that.
sure, it was a a play of word, although polymathematician as 
all-knowing-person definitely applies to Don Knuth which brings us back 
to TeX

Hans

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