XDG Standard: Is Math a Science

Malcolm Tredinnick malcolm at commsecure.com.au
Thu Feb 12 08:33:28 EET 2004

On Thu, 2004-02-12 at 17:15, James Richard Tyrer wrote:
> Guido Draheim wrote:
> <SNIP>
> > Well, it seems that history has moved on a bit. However, when I look at
> > todays universities I see that there are lots of divisions named
> > "mathematic & scientific". They come in that grouping for their relation
> > in mere real life usage, I guess. But perhaps James will disagree on
> > that ... .
> No, I think that was what I said, that we refer to Math *and* Science.  If
> Math were a Science, that would be redundant.

It's time to move on now. Your original assertion was that maths should
have a "relates to" entry for science. All the arguments on this list
point to the fact that it is indeed related, *even if* you choose to say
it is not a science itself. Looking for mathematics products in a
science-related vfolder is not going to be too confusing.

The current classification is satisfactory. There is no bug here.


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