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A talk among Euclid and the ghost of Socrates. . . the trails of the moon and the solar charted through the stone-builders of old Europe. . . the Greek perfect of the golden suggest wherein they measured good looks. . . Combining old truth with a retelling of historic myths and legends, this vigorous and interesting booklet describes the historic, spiritual and geographical heritage that gave upward thrust to arithmetic in historic Egypt, Babylon, China, Greece, India, and the Arab international.

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I) + neD) Hence Ale is balanced. ~ To prove that, conversely, every balanced word is significant, we need the following two Ienunas : I. Let A be a balanced word. Tlzen for each integer Ie such tkat Ie < leA) there exists exact~ one balanced segment S oj A which begins at the (Ie I)th place. LEMMA o~ + The uniqueness of S is an inunediate consequence of the following remark : if T is a balanced word, then by definition no proper initial segment of T is balanced. Let us prove the existence of S.

For this relation is "(not A) or (not not A)", and the result follows fromOlO. 012. Let A and B be two relations in to. Then the relation (A ~ B) ~ «not B) ~ (not A)) is a theorem in For '{9. «not A) or B) ~ «not A) or (not not B) 29 DESCRIPTION OF FORMAL MATHEMATICS I is a theorem, by C 11, 84 and C l. On the other hand, «not A) or (not not B» ==> «not not B) or (not A» is an axiom, by 83. Therefore «not A) or B) >- «not not B) or (not A» is a theorem by C6. Hence the result. C13. Let A, B, C be relations in 'to.

C26. Let 'fu be a logical theory, let R be a relation in ~, and let x be a letter. xCnot R)lx)R are then equivalent in 'fu. x(not R)lx)R". C27. If R is a theorem in a logical theory 'fu in which the letter x is not a constant, then (Vx)R is a theorem in 'fu. x(not R)IX)R is a theorem in 'ii), by C3 (§2, no. 3). On the other hand, if x is a constant of G, the truth of R does not imply that of (V x)R. Intuitively, the fact that R is a true property of x, which is a definite object of G, clearly does not imply that R is a true property of every object.

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