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About the "|_/\" symbol
> [Dana Scott:] Now, I am wondering what a symbol (may be a
> compound symbol) that looks something like |_/\ with a plume
> above the underline cross-bar might be a reference to?
I tink it was Rene who made us notice that "17" would be written
"| /\" in 15th century texts, at least in Germany:
Coincidentally, that ring of text consists of 17 symbols, repeated 4
times (with minor variations).
Apparently, this coincidence was noticed before: on the Marshall
Library photocopy of this page, someone scribbled "17" next to that
The "underscore" between the two digits could be just a calligraphic
ligature. The small circle above it is harder to explain. It could be
just a dot, to mark the sequence's starting/ending points. Or it could
be a 10's place symbol, as in (ahem) Chinese --- where the number 17
is written with three symbols, literally "one-ten-seven".
All the best,