Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Orwellian Mathematics

Somehow the topic of "Newspeak" came up at work.

A: Newspeak?  I don't know the reference.
S: It's from 1984.  Orwell.  Newspeak is boring.
M: Boring is interesting.
A: I only read the barn one.
M: Animal Farm?  My whole life goal is to be more equal than the other animals.
P: How can you be more equal?
S: What's the mathematical symbol for "more equal"?

After a few candidates, we decided that the above symbol would mean "more equal" as it splits the difference between an equal sign and a greater than sign.

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