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TED Talks: Why Does 'X' Represent The Unknown?

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Female, 40-49, Canada
 10 Posts
Thursday, July 05, 2012 11:38:57 PM
but if u cant say sh in spannish .. it just says span then ..

Male, 18-29, Europe
 102 Posts
Monday, July 02, 2012 5:15:58 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".

Female, 30-39, Midwest US
 735 Posts
Monday, July 02, 2012 3:04:05 PM
if you can't say shhh in Spanish then what sort of shushing sound do they make instead?

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1963 Posts
Monday, July 02, 2012 10:35:21 AM
This is an idea? This is an idea worth sharing? Get off the stage. You're negatively impacting the other, more useful talks.

Male, 30-39, Europe
 89 Posts
Monday, July 02, 2012 9:23:05 AM

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 412 Posts
Monday, July 02, 2012 7:24:28 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.

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 2021 Posts
Monday, July 02, 2012 7:16:50 AM
Even when they are informative, I get this pompous ass vibe from almost all these Ted talks.

Male, 30-39, Europe
 6653 Posts
Monday, July 02, 2012 6:39:49 AM
Link: TED Talks: Why Does 'X' Represent The Unknown? [Rate Link] - Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.

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