Friday, June 09, 2006
Definitions for discrete
- Constituting a separate thing; distinct.
- Consisting of distinct or unconnected parts.
- (Mathematics) Defined for a finite or countable set of values; not continuous.
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Citations for discrete
Niels Bohr, working with Rutherford in 1912, was intensely aware... of the need for a radically new approach. This he found in quantum theory, which postulated that electromagnetic energy -- light, radiation -- was not continuous but emitted or absorbed in discrete packets, or "quanta."
Llinas compared these studies to phrenology, the eighteenth-century pseudoscience that divided the brain into discrete chunks dedicated to specific functions.