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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Unix, Ritchie, and Leibniz

Unix is build from the bottom up. Small instructions, and names, ls, ps,... Many of them can be concatenated in bigger and bigger scripts, which can do complex tasks. Dennis Ritchie was a physicist, who with Ken Thompson, a computer scientist, invented Unix.

 Three hundred years ago, Gottfried Wilhem Leibniz, following in the work of John Wilkins , as expressed in "An Essay towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language", started to think methodically on a Philosophical Language, i.e. a tool allowing right thinking to clear out Philosophy. He was ahead of his time.

If one could do associate prime numbers as atoms, and composite numbers as molecules, to fundamental and composite concepts, then we have a mathematics for thinking, given the TB/s processors, this is Leibniz time!

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