What is the difference between anxioms and postulates?
Asked by | 26th Mar, 2008, 05:10: PM
An Axiom is a statement accepted as true without proof.
Let's look at an example to understand it better:
We have three buildings X, Y, Z.
And the information we have is that:
the height of building X = the height of building Y, and
the height of of building Y = the height of of building Z,
So by these two statements we can conclude that
the height of of building X = the height of of building Z.
A statement accepted as true without proof.
A postulate should be so simple and direct that it seems to be unquestionably true.
The term postulate is nearly equivalent to axiom, although axiom is often loosely used to denote a truth supposed to be self-evident.
In theory, an axiom would be an "obvious" truth (like 1+1=2), whereas a "postulate" may just be tentative, a merely "plausible" hypothesis.
Answered by | 27th Mar, 2008, 10:24: AM
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