
Re: JSH: Math is cruel
Posted:
Nov 5, 2006 4:11 PM


jstevh@msn.com wrote: > I think that the easiest way to ease some of you into accepting what > has been happening for years with my research is to point out to you > that math is cruel. > > I mean, most people kind of know this, as if you subtract money from > your bank account, eventually you get to no money, but you need to eat? > So what? The math doesn't care. > > You have so much money, subtract from that till you get zero, and it > doesn't change the math so that you can feed yourself or your family. > > That is a very basic example that can give some insight into what has > happened with much more advanced math ideas where mathematicians DID > work around the math by simply choosing to ignore what is > mathematically correct. > > I found this neat technique for factoring polynomials in this advanced > way. > > But leaders in the field brushed past it to keep going as they had as > the math is too cruel. > > It did not care about their families, or how they would survive in a > world where their expertise was challenged. > > The math did not give a damn about their FEELINGS and the betrayal of > their trust in thinking they had correct mathematical ideas before. > > The math is just cruel, so they decided to humanize it, by ignoring the > mathematical truth. > > And they did so, and years later, human progress denied in number > theory for still more years to add on top of the hundred plus that went > before, they are still working to soften up the cruel side of > mathematics. > > But math IS cruel. > > The consequences mount up even when you deny the truth, just like you > can fantasize that you have more money in the bank than you do, but > eventually you still run out. > > As mathematicians burn through all their resources and credibility to > hold on to ideas that don't workto soften mathematicsthey run up > against the inevitability of consequences. > > It is human nature to rail against cruel fate. It is human nature to > push against the rules when they burn. It is human nature to deny > truths that hurt. > > But it is reality that always wins in the end. > > > James Harris
Yeah, I guess if we all start believing that p mod 3 generates a random sequence we'll be safer.

