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Mar28-05, 04:27 PM
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stetig Maniigfaltigkeit translates literally to continuous manyfoldedness. The manyfoldedness is the number of independent variables, which if you think of them geometrically, become dimensions. Our word manifold is the result of a long history of trying to express the idea of multiplicity of variables in English. The French of course say variete, with a grave accent I am too lazy to supply. Personally I like continuum, which did for Einstein, and which he compared, as to its smoothness, to a marble table top (Soooo nineteenth century!).