Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2004 11:30:03 +0100
From: Johannes H Andersen <johsnospamfitter_lkmertolehinginweaeskr.com>
Subject: Re: New Saab 9-3 Linear


Dan wrote: > > On 6/9/2004 8:02 AM, Johannes H Andersen wrote: > > > > Nicky Serfling wrote: > > > >>"Johannes H Andersen" <johsnospamfitter_spam_gets_fried_don't_tryit.com> > >>schrieb im Newsbeitrag news:kHCxc.62$tY1.13nospamfe2-win... > >> > >>> > >>>Andrew Stephenson wrote: > >>> > >>>>In article <vrqxc.230$VD2.138nospamfe3-win.server.ntli.net> > >>>> johsnospamfitter_spam_gets_fried_don't_tryit.com > >>>> "Johannes H Andersen" writes: > >>>> > >>>> > >>>>>But why did they choose such a name as 'Linear' ? > >>>> > >>>>It does invite speculation. Maybe there is something about the > >>>>steering: can it only go in straight lines? Maybe it was because > >>>>"Non-linear" would have started people asking tricky questions. > >>>>-- > >>>>Andrew Stephenson > >>> > >>>The names Linear, Arc and Vector does appear to be randomly picked. > >>>Hence I close my eyes and pick three random words from my dictionary > >>>for the next generation Saab models. They are: > > [snip] > > These are all mathematical terms relating to geometry. Not surprising > given that a exterior designer is well-versed in euclidean geometry. > > Dan Hmmm. A vector is a much later concept, but useful for geometry. Linear is used for algebra, e.g. linear algebra, linear equations. However, at that level I would expect a bit more than euclidean geometry. But in any case I suspect that they use CAD packages with most of the mathematical functionality well hidden below the surface.

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