Re: virus: what do we call them?

Mon, 10 May 1999 00:00:37 -0700

"Joe E. Dees" wrote:

> I forgot to mention axioms; this isn't TOO mathematical, and
> maybe postulates (which might be).

I LIKE "postulates."


                         Postulate \Pos"tu*late\, n. [L. postulatum a
                         request, prop. p. p. of postulare to demand,
prob. a
                         dim. of poscere to demand, prob. for porcscere;
akin to
                         G. forschen to search, investigate, Skr. prach
to ask,
                         and L. precari to pray: cf. F. postulat. See
Pray.] 1.
                         Something demanded or asserted; especially, a
                         position or supposition assumed without proof,
or one
                         which is considered as self-evident; a truth to
                         assent may be demanded or challenged, without
                         argument or evidence.

                         2. (Geom.) The enunciation of a self-evident
                         in distinction from an axiom, which is the
                         of a self-evident theorem.

                         The distinction between a postulate and an
axiom lies
                         in this, -- that the latter is admitted to be
                         while the former may be agreed upon between two

                         reasoners, and admitted by both, but not as
                         proposition which it would be impossible to
                         --Eng. Cyc.
                                                  Source: Webster's
Revised Unabridged Dictionary