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Re: diagraming sentences
Posted:
Jul 27, 1995 9:23 PM


ckeg1159@uxa.cso.uiuc.edu (claran einfeldt) writes:
>I can't help remember a quote from a friend that was taking a higher >level Real Analysis class. She was studying to become a college >professor. She came into my office following her class and we were >discussing the usefulness of some of the higher level, more abstract >math classes. I have never forgotten her final statement:
> "The only thing I will ever use this stuff for is to teach it to >people who will never use it."
Perhaps she was unaware of the utility of "higher level Real Analysis"  or perhaps she was planning to do nothing but teach others who would go on to do nothing but teach  but otherwise I find the statement unsupportable. Unless you have a 40 year research career planned out in some mathematical backwater and vow *never* to touch a measure or a linear operator, it's almost unimaginable that you won't use this stuff.
This isn't to say there isn't a lot of mathematics studied, published, and occasionally taught that isn't used  but the usual foundations of a math PhD program (at Stanford they are Real Analysis, Complex Analysis and Algebra  though the interpretation of these categories is a little flexible) really do seem pretty fundamental to an awful lot of applied and pure mathematics.
Ted Alper alper@ockham.stanford.edu



