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Date: 07/02/12 06:31 AM

8 Responses to TED Talks: Why Does `X` Represent The Unknown?

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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    July 2, 2012 at 6:39 am
    Link: TED Talks: Why Does `X` Represent The Unknown? - Why is `x` the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.
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    chicagojay Male 40-49
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    July 2, 2012 at 7:16 am
    Even when they are informative, I get this pompous ass vibe from almost all these Ted talks.
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    simbha Male 30-39
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    July 2, 2012 at 7:24 am
    This myth has been propagated previously. Cajori`s A History of Mathematical Notations, originally published in the 1920s, references this story but states that there is no historical basis for it.

    It`s an interesting story, but shouldn`t be taken (or purported) as truth.
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    con_uk Male 30-39
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    July 2, 2012 at 9:23 am
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    fancythat Male 30-39
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    July 2, 2012 at 10:35 am
    This is an idea? This is an idea worth sharing? Get off the stage. You`re negatively impacting the other, more useful talks.
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    Willowwatch Female 30-39
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    July 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm
    if you can`t say shhh in Spanish then what sort of shushing sound do they make instead?
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    asnodeus Male 18-29
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    July 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm
    Yes it is. If you give a bit more thought to the talk you can spend a long time thinking of, for example how the lack of a certain sound can influenced humanities view of the world, culture etc.
    Even if it`s not true it`s still an idea which can lead to brilliant thoughts, that`s why it`s worth sharing. And for that reason alone it`s worth the time on TED.

    Oh, and do tell me how is he negatively impacting other talks? Especially being this 3 minute speech which probably took place during one of the brakes between the "more useful talks".
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    mooz Female 40-49
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    July 5, 2012 at 11:38 pm
    but if u cant say sh in spannish .. it just says span then ..

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