# Language

 Our understanding of the universe is limited by our ability to describe what we perceive.

A good example of this is numbers. Numbers form a part of the broader language we call Mathematics, developed over the centuries first to quantify the world around us and then to describe abstractly the relationships between ... things.

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• At first there were only the Natural Numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4... The set of numbers that are required to count real things - which was the first application of Mathematics. Natural numbers allowed the mathematical operations addition (A + B) and subtraction (A - B) to be performed.
• At some point someone must have realised that if B is bigger than A, then the calculation B - A falls outside the range of known numbers. Thus the Integers were born (...-2, -1, 0, 1, 2...)
• Multiplication (A x B) was possible within the scope of Integers, but conceptually multiplication implies division (A ÷ B) and division often leads to results that again fall outside the realm of known numbers. So Fractions (A/B) or Rational Numbers were required in order to further the pursuit of Mathematics.
• Eventually, the study of advanced concepts like the curious ratio between the radius and the circumference of a circle (Π) implied a further set of Irrational Numbers numbers that couldn't be expressed as Fractions and so the
• The square root of a negative number (√-A) had no defined result within the Real numbers, so Imaginary Numbers

• Culture is Language
• Knowledge is limited by a language's ability to express something
• DNA, the language