When three dots form a triangle, what Does That Mean?

Depending on the context, a symbol with three dots arranged in a triangle may have a variety of meanings. For instance, in mathematical proofs, a symbol with this shape can be used as the thus sign, which is a sign that can be used in front of a logical conclusion.

Three dots grouped in a triangle can also be a tattoo with symbolic meaning that is frequently seen on Hispanic prisoners in the United States, as well as a masonic or alchemical symbol for balance. The holy trinity of Christianity may occasionally be symbolised by the three dots.

Three dots aligned in a triangle can be used as either the “therefore” sign or the “because” sign in mathematical proofs. The word “therefore” is represented as a triangle with three dots, one at the top and two at the bottom. The “because” symbol is the reverse, consisting of three dots, two on top and one on the bottom, organised form an inverted triangle.

In syllogisms, these symbols can be combined with either numbers, letters, or words. For instance, using the “because” and “therefore” symbols in place of the actual words would mean that Jupiter is immortal because all gods are immortal and because Jupiter is a deity.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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