
Re: Math is cruel
Posted:
Nov 6, 2006 12:46 PM


David Moran wrote: > <jstevh@msn.com> wrote in message > news:1162754970.307432.325850@b28g2000cwb.googlegroups.com... > >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 > > > > Math is cruel if you don't know anything about it, like you. Tell me, why do > you refuse to learn anything? Apparently, you like to be known as a > crackpot.
Better to rule in Hell than serve in Heaven.
> > Dave

