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I’ll give answers 1. from metaphor, 2. from available language, 3. from the unity of nature. 1. ). Remove the natural language component and the formal symbolic, formulaic portion of mathematics becomes meaningless. Take formulas such as sin2 + cos2 = 1, AATA = A, or e = mc2 and try to give meaning to them, using only additional mathematical or logical symbols and without the use of natural language. It’s impossible. ” Natural languages are full of metaphors; in fact, some students of linguistics say that we cannot communicate with one another except through metaphoric language.
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