NecessityAndSufficiency

Thrift is beautiful. There's an æsthetic delight in efficient design: in the clean aerodynamic lines of a glider, the precise synchronism of a ballet, the smooth meshing of gears in a chronometer, the crisp language of a sonnet, the sleek body of a hare. Mathematicians capture this in two words: necessary and sufficient. The ideal proof wastes nothing. Every iota of input is used, and every possible consequence is deduced --- total economy of means and ends.

Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 06:01:46 (EST) = Datetag20000301

TopicPhilosophy


(correlates: BirdWhile, PrecisionLiving, ProcessVersusOutcome, ...)