Re: pictures, words, info, glyphs, symbols, thoughts

Subject: Re: pictures, words, info, glyphs, symbols, thoughts
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 12:05:03 -0700

SteveFJong -at- aol -dot- com wrote:

I've read, or tried to read, medieval descriptions of how to perform long division that used no numbers. With that approach, it's clear why division was a university-level subject back then!

Just to add another wrinkle to the discussion: remember that those descriptions were almost certainly designed to be read aloud. Until quite late in the middle ages, even very literate people usually read aloud, or at least in a whisper. A few figures such as Thomas Aquinas were noted for being able to read silently.

My point, of course, is that audio presentation is yet another medium for communication, and what works in one medium doesn't always work well in another.
Bruce Byfield bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com 604.421.7177

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