
Re: Is this an exceptionally hard set of questions to answer?
Posted:
Oct 3, 2002 8:31 PM


"Kevin Foltinek" <foltinek@math.utexas.edu> wrote in message news://wo6ofabqjaj.fsf@linux60.ma.utexas.edu... > Alberto Moreira <junkmail@moreira.mv.com> writes: > > You are evidently ignorant of the wide range of applicability of > mathematics. I personally know pure math Ph.D.s who work or have > worked in finance, risk management, defense, construction, and > engineering (and those are just off the top of my head); I am also > aware of specific examples of the application of socalled "pure math" > to very concrete problems. None of these involved the ability to do > mental arithmetic; many of them involved the ability to understand the > logical and mathematical structures involved. Many of them involve > the ability to program computers to do rather complicated > computations, a skill which requires a deeper understanding of the > nature of computation than is used for mental arithmetic. > > The ability to compute is worthless unless you know what you are > computing and why you are computing it. Neither can be known without > what you call "abstract pure math".
But mathematicians being experts at only circumlocution always miss the point.
To get the useless Ph Ds in "pure" math, you need a *brain* though. Which implies taxing mathemacians heavily for their moron theories of economics (which infinitely more importantly implies taxing them for their moron theories of *physics*).

