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Hello, RQG! Welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions to this free encyclopedia. If you decide that you need help, check out Getting Help below, ask me on my talk page, or place {{helpme}} on your talk page and ask your question there. Please remember to sign your name on talk pages by clicking Button sig.png or using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your username and the date. Finally, please do your best to always fill in the edit summary field. Below are some useful links to facilitate your involvement. Happy editing! (talk) 11:55, 1 December 2009 (UTC)
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Gravitationally aligned rosettes[edit]

  • Instead of rewriting spiral galaxy to show off a new and untested theory, why didn't you just write a new article at Gravitationally aligned rosette theory or something, and then just link to it from Spiral Galaxy, showing that alternate theories exist?
  • No, it would be improper to rewrite density wave theory to showcase the new theory, since the new theory *is not* the topic of the article. If you want an article on the new theory, write a new article. (talk) 11:54, 1 December 2009 (UTC)

affine space[edit]

"There have been several complaints about the removed text, which does not respect the mathematical definition of vector space"

The only "complaints" I know of are questions on the article's talk page from people who were clearly confused and whose understanding was deficient. Why don't you go to the talk page an state in details what you find objectionable in the informal description and what you don't understand in it? Michael Hardy (talk) 18:32, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Of course people are confused by the intuitive "explanation". That is why it should be rewritten, by someone who actually knows what a vector space is in mathematics, and is not still rooted in some crude notion of position vectors as taught by bad high school teachers (since those are the only kind of vector for which one would usually talk of an "origin" RQG (talk) 23:24, 14 July 2014 (UTC).

I am a mathematician and I know what a vector space is. John Baez is a mathematical physicist who is highly respected by mathematicians as an expository writer on abstruse concepts and quite prolific in his writing on such things. In this blog posting you see him saying

"An affine space is like a vector space that has forgotten its origin."

I don't think that your understanding of the matter is superior to mine or to his. Michael Hardy (talk) 20:41, 15 July 2014 (UTC)


Can you tell me whether I am right or wrong in my surmise that your position on this question of affine spaces comes down to this?:

"(A,V) has more structure than V because the latter has only V and not also A"

As you may or may not have noticed, I publicly guessed that that is what you have in mind in this section. Michael Hardy (talk) 23:45, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

There is more to it than that, but that does summarise why I think the loose description in poor context has caused massive confusion and people not understanding the structure they are dealing with, and why I object to it unless it is made precise. But also, one should not conflate points in A with vectors in V (this is in general a bijection, not an isomorphism), or the origin in A with the zero vector in V. Some people may get away with it some of the time if they are not working at an advanced level of abstraction, but it is not the mathematical structure or the mathematical definition and the article should be mathematically correct. Origins are not mentioned in treatments of vector space. The origin is in A, not in V. The reason for the central position in mathematics of vector space and linear algebra in general is that the abstract structure is applied to situations where an origin is not an appropriate concept. Simply choosing the origin in A is not enough to create a vector space, because the vector space operations also have to be defined. It may be easy to define them, but that is not the point. They are not already defined. In any case there is no need to do this; we already have a vector space V and it just adds confusion to define another one.RQG (talk) 05:51, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Gravitationally aligned orbits[edit]

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The article Gravitationally aligned orbits has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

Summary of a theory presented in a research paper. Google scholar shows about 20 citations, 1/3rd are self citations, rest of them mention other ideas presented in the paper but not the subject of this article. So, fails WP:GNG.

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Nomination of Spiral galaxy dynamics for deletion[edit]

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Spiral galaxy dynamics[edit]


FYI, the resource Spiral galaxy dynamics can be imported to Wikiversity before it's deleted here and would be welcome. --Marshallsumter (talk) 17:06, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

Thanks Marshall. How should I go about doing that? RQG (talk) 19:11, 16 March 2018 (UTC)
I've imported it to Wikiversity at v:Spiral galaxy dynamics. It will need some updating and linking. Enjoy! --Marshallsumter (talk) 03:07, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
Thanks Marshall. I have done some edits. RQG (talk) 11:23, 17 March 2018 (UTC)