At 07:25 PM 7/30/2005, Kirby Urner wrote: > > Actually, a scholar in classics once told me that > > it's 'fee'--and ought to be 'pee' rather than 'pie'. > > > > --Lou Talman > >English speakers already have it pegged as fie. Like, go to >http://www.answers.com/phi&r=67 and click on the little speaker icon to >hear how the manly voice says it. That should be good enough for the NCLB.
Uh... no more so than the pronunciation of the plural of "fungus". You may be a fun guy, Kirby, but you're wrong on this one.
>More to the point, some authoritative texts insist the greek letter tau is >more normally used to signify 1.618... and phi its reciprocal >(0.618...). That's precisely the opposite convention from what I favor. 
This is so superficial, it is not deserving of your attention. I'd put it even lower in priority than maintaining the mx+b fake convention.
>Mathematics is just *full* of these little cultural >contingencies. Sigh. Let's go back to teaching at least the greek >letters, along with those silly Roman numerals.
True enough. At least, we should get past alpha, pi and theta (and, for some of us, epsilon and delta :-))