oa CSIR Science Scope - Language and mathematics converge to provide insight : mathematical modelling
The dicide between the 'two cultures' - one humanist and language-oriented, the other scientific, with mathematics as its basic tool - has always been suspect to many. Great scientists often display a strong love of language (Einstein and Gell-Mann are examples), whereas JM Coetzee is one of a long line of famous writers who underwent advanced training in the mathematical sciences. In fact, research is casting doubt on the very basis of this division, as the linkages between language and mathematics become increasingly clear. As a case in point, CSIR researchers inhuman language technologies (HLT) are using mathematical models to come to terms with spoken and written language.
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