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qubex commented on the word reticulum
In Neal Stephenson's Anathem, a syndev reticulum is a computer network.
November 8, 2008
qubex commented on the word syndev
Term apparently coined by Neal Stephenson in his science-fiction novel Anathem.
October 25, 2008
qubex commented on the word syndevs
Plural of syndev. Interconnected syndevs form a reticulum, and the interconnection of the majority of reticula is known as the Reticulum, often abbreviated to "the Ret".
qubex commented on the word syntactic device
More theoretically, a kind of "machine" (electronic, conceptual, or otherwise) that manipulates algebraic structures directly without recourse to intervening numerics (as is the case with digital computers). Physical embodiments of Alonso Church's Lambda Calculs. Though by definition identical in capability to ordinary computers, syndevs may possess advantages in the fields of pattern recognition and computer algebra systems.
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