> I'm curious what everybody has to say about Norman Wildberge's book > "Divine Proportions" which poses an alternate approach to trigonometry > with respect to his critique of modern mathematics, saying that much > of modern mathematics is too convoluted and inaccessable to > non-specialists, due to it's inefficient organization.
Modern mathematics has only been accessible to specialists since the 17th century.
Wildberger's trigometry is designbed to make the use of trigonometric series and integrals impossible. These were discovered by Fourier in the early 19th century in his researches into heat transfer, and Cantor's set theory was discovered in an attempt to provide a proper foundation for them (describing their convergence properties). That is, set theory is ultimately the foundational mathemtics for the Age of Steam; nobody engineers powered devices of any sort without using techniques that Wildberger doesn't recognize.
Wildberger is nothing if not consistent in his programme, but I wonder if he eschews the internal combustion engine when he commutes to UNSW.
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