Re: [OPE] Dialectics for the New Century: geometry and meaning

From: Dave Zachariah (
Date: Sat Apr 05 2008 - 17:55:29 EDT

Thanks for the reference Paul. I'll pick up his book.

//Dave Z

on 2008-04-05 21:12 Paul Cockshott wrote:
> I attended a very interesting seminar by Dominic Widdows on Geometry and
> Meaning on Friday.
> He is an Aristotelean and Euclidean whose Phd was in Differential
> Geometry.
> He is a Google researcher and is working on similar things to Keith van
> Rijksbergen here, but he was an extraordinarily erudite scholar, and is
> attempting to found a system of meaning using high dimensional vector
> spaces  - roughly Hilbert spaces. Very interesting work as an
> alternative to the sort of models for semantics that we are used to
> discussing in computer science. Since the maths he uses is very similar
> to the maths I use for modelling financial transactions I found it
> particularly interesting. 
> He is great at relating these current questions that are arising in a
> practical way in computing to the ideas of logic and dialectic that
> Aristotle had 2400 years ago.
> His book is called Geometry and Meaning.
> The book is well written - in the sort of style or level that Goedel
> Escher Bach was. Very interesting read the first few chapters.
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