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Quote Regarding Choosing A Coordinate System

  1. Feb 9, 2014 #1
    Hello everyone,

    During my linear algebra, my professor had said that a true gentleman never picks a coordinate system, or something along those lines. He alluded to the person who said it, but I did not quite grasp who it was. I was wondering if anyone might know who said this.

    Thank you.
     
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  3. Feb 9, 2014 #2
    It sounds like a paraphrase of, "There are no preferred inertial frames." But do you know what your prof meant by it? Knowing that could help get to the source.
     
  4. Feb 9, 2014 #3
    He was discussing how in Linear Algebra we will begin to move away from using coordinate systems, and generalizing our results (I believe this is what he said; he said it sort of glancingly).
     
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