Dr Tom Kerns


Study Questions for Alfred North Whitehead's
"The Importance of Good Notation"

  1. What is the value, according to Whitehead, of a good notation system? What does he think is to be gained by a good notation system?

  2. List at least five (5) good notation systems you can think of that do what Whitehead says a good notation should do.

  3. A notation system, in order to be effective, should have certain characteristics. Whitehead mentions one. What is it?

  4. Can you think of any other characteristics a good notation system should have to make it more effective?