[Corpora-List] QM analogy and grammatical incompleteness

John F. Sowa sowa at bestweb.net
Tue Dec 20 05:36:00 CET 2005


Rob,

All analogies break down eventually unless there is
a common mathematical equation or other structure
that applies to both domains:

> Where does the QM analogy with grammar break down?

For starters, Schrödinger's equation, Planck's constant,
the operators for conjugate pairs, such as position-momentum,
time-energy, etc., and most other mathematical principles
of quantum mechanics do not have counterparts in the
grammar of any natural language.

Therefore, it is highly unlikely that all or even many
of the features of QM have exact or even approximate
counterparts in English grammar.

John






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