Abuse of Math Notations by Mathematicians, More Rape Than Rapeseed

By Xah Lee. Date:

there's more rape of notations in this than rapeseed.

laplace transform formula
a typical snippet of math. This one is from from Wikipedia Laplace transform

first of all, note the ambiguous use of the brackets. The curly bracket is used as the delimiter for formal parameter of a function and also as delimiter for formal parameter of a expression. The round bracket is also used as delimiter for formal parameter of a function.

then, notice that this definition tries to do several things:

in general, mathematicians use math notations like a diagram of pictographs, the same way children draw pictures to express meaning. The output thereof, is not grammatically coherent. We understand them by years of convention and context and guess-work.

y'know? sometimes we send a piece of math on paper in spaceship to outer space in hope that aliens who see it might appreciate our intelligence. The aliens would probably go “WTF ambigram❓”.


ℒ[f[x]][s] := ∫[ ⅇ^(-s*t) * f[x],{x,0,∞}]