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Topic: [HM] Applied mathematics reference
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Fernando Q. Gouvea

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Re: [HM] Applied mathematics reference
Posted: Aug 14, 2005 5:09 PM
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On Fri, 12 Aug 2005 15:14:34 -0400, Roy Weintraub wrote:

>I have a garbled memory of coming across the statement from a
>distinguished 20th century mathematician (Weil? MacLane?) that
>"Applied mathematics is not mathematics". Am I misremembering? If
>not, can you provide the reference? Thank you.

Paul Halmos once wrote an article called "Applied Mathematics is Bad
Mathematics"; I think it can be found in "Mathematics Tomorrow", edited
by Lynn Steen.

Fernando Q. Gouvea
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