I wasn't talking about a machine translation, but a machine assisted
translation. I would take the machine translated text, and edit it
into idomatic English - using my knowledge of the French text and the
subject to assist. Diagrams would probably be left unchanged.

It will still be a large task, perhaps taking a few months, but as I
said I may do it with a little arm twisting. I wouldn't begin to do it
without the machine translation to start with though!

PS - I have just finished translating a 10,000 line PHP scripted
website from Portugese, languages I do not know (neither Portugese nor
PHP). Google was a big help, but certainly could not do it by itself.


On Tue, Nov 08, 2005 at 12:26:08PM +0100, Bruno Marchal wrote:
> Le 06-nov.-05, ? 08:38, Russell Standish a ?crit :
> >On Sat, Nov 05, 2005 at 03:37:52PM -0500, Stephen Paul King wrote:
> >>physics. BTW, I am still waiting to read an English version of your 
> >>Thesis.
> >>That, I hope, might help me. Have you considered Google's translation
> >>services?
> >>
> >
> >With a little arm twisting, I might be tempted into assisting in
> >translating this thesis. I have been poring over it during my book
> >writing episode. With a Google translation of the LaTeX sources as a
> >starting point, I think I could do it reasonably quickly...
> Thanks. Unfortunately some people have already send me some automated 
> translations and until now I find them rather awful and hard to 
> understand.
> Also, I think that my paper "the origin of physical laws", despite its 
> title, is better than my Lille thesis (except I pass over the graph 
> movie argument).
> My last paper "Theoretical computer science and the natural science" is 
> still better. It contains new results based on the use of combinators, 
> and make a very clean summary of the interview of the (lobian) 
> universal machine. But it is still under press, and it is also short 
> and technical.
> I am thinking about the "official" paper, but I am stuck by the abyss 
> existing in between physicists and logicians.
> People interested should really buy some good introductory book on 
> logic, or study the Podnieks page:
> http://www.ltn.lv/~podnieks/
> Podnieks mentions the book by Mendelson which is really good indeed.
> Best,
> Bruno
> http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~marchal/

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