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#1 2010-02-07 06:26:09

John E. Franklin
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Googlable Math

Wouldn't it be nice if
you could google on
an equation?  Sure
wish you could.  But
as soon as you type
some things like a
plus sign, you are
doomed, and your
search no longer finds
equations with plus
signs in them, even
if you put everything
into double quotes.


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#2 2010-02-07 06:45:40

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Re: Googlable Math

I think google basically just stores things by letters and numbers.
So if you have an equation like:


or
y = x^2 + 3x - 6

I suppose google will not find it.

But if you typed only letters and numbers like:

y eq x up 2 add 3 x sub 6

then you could google on it, at least now in 2010, until
google upgrades to include funny math symbols...

Last edited by John E. Franklin (2010-02-07 06:48:08)


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#3 2010-02-07 12:38:11

bobbym
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Re: Googlable Math

Hi John;

Interesting idea but when I googled for that form with or without quotes it didn't turn up any occurrences of that quadratic.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.
 

#4 2010-02-07 12:40:37

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Re: Googlable Math

It will take a month or so before google finds this post and incorporates it into it's library.
And in fact google may not find every post we have.  I have shown this to be true on occasion
once where Yahoo did find it.


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#5 2010-02-07 12:43:13

bobbym
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Re: Googlable Math

Google finds that post, but I thought you were trying to find equations on google.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.
 

#6 2010-02-07 12:43:21

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Re: Googlable Math

Oh cool, guess what!!  I just googled on:
"y eq x up 2 add 3"
and it is already in the library of google!!
It found this post, only hours after you, bobby!


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#7 2010-02-07 12:44:57

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Re: Googlable Math

Oh, I see what you are saying.
What I mean is, if you have a very important
equation, then you could post that equation
in more than one language, so one of them
might be googlable, and the other more
readable like LaTeX.


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