On Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 12:35 AM, Haim <email@example.com> wrote: > Robert Hansen Posted: Dec 1, 2009 8:11 PM
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> At any rate, whether he realizes it or not, whether he intends it or not, and certainly with no malice aforethought, Kirby is trying to repeal the Renaissance and to erase two thousand years of intellectual development in the mathematical sciences. Other than that, it's a great program. > > By the way, most of fuzzy math is essentially trying to do the same thing, though in a considerably less charming manner. > > Haim > Keep The Change >
That's some interesting creative writing Haim, nice flow to it etc. You actually do some work in my defense which I appreciate in that you say (a) I'm perhaps only an unconscious pawn of the occult, so shouldn't be blamed for the evil intents of my controllers and (b) I'm also charming, at least compared to the fuzzy math guys, which means you think I'm not fuzzy, and coming from you, that's a real compliment.
However I think you're only talking about Neolithic Math (NM), the one where we look at what ancient cultures -- don't have to be Stone Age (NM is a catch-all, a mnemonic) -- have been up to with whatever math jazz (numerology etc.), and yes, there've been elements of divination (e.g. the I Ching), not my doing, can't take credit, not planning to go too deeply into specific economic forecasting models either, which amounts to the same thing (per Casino Math (CM): to analyze a practice e.g. card playing, is not necessarily to endorse betting on horses or other gambling practice).
The polyhedra have never left mathematics so to accuse me of trying to bring them back is a little bit funny (also flattering -- what a cool thing to be for). Also funny is casting them as anti-Renaissance whereas the truncated icosahedron (to take an apropos example -- soccer ball, fullerene, hexapent) is so quintessentially Leonardo da Vinci in flavor, and he's the paradigm "Renaissance Man". 
I think you have an uphill battle trying to paint me as a necromancer just because I'm serious about CAD, micro-architecture, nanotechnology, just like the rest of the Silicon Forest (my economic context, not New York). These are spatial geometry topics, require that Z axis, fluency with the polyhedra (not just Platonics) and their lattices (rhombic dodecahedron's especially).
Coming off those tiny calculator screens, moving to a computer projector (under teacher control, sharing the glory), demands exploring our full heritage as past masters of high arts. A surge of interest in polyhedra is a consequence of having open source ray tracers like POV-Ray, and OpenGL. Technology is setting the pace and we're seeking to adapt, because that's what survival is all about (adapting, coping -- agreeing with Hansen here).
Stuffing these shapes in the back of a 10th grade geometry book is not the best strategy in 2010 (hasn't been for awhile). Completely ignoring this so-called concentric hierarchy  is probably not what they're doing in Korea, so should we be doing that here? Answer: no, we're on the ball, paying attention, at least in Portland, where we have aspirations to stay a Pacific Rim player, attract companies based on our having a skilled, computer literate population.
What I'm seeking to incorporate are mathematical findings already circled by H.S.M. Coxeter as mathematically important e.g. the generating expression for cuboctahedral numbers (1, 12, 42, 92...). I often turn to a source dedicated to the guy (I'm talking about perhaps the greatest 20th century geometer) and I use Guido van Rossum's Python generator syntax to implement these and other sequences in ways more eomployable on the job than you'll get with the calculator. Those are two standard pieces of Martian Math (MM).
These are intelligent and conservative moves and the elite private schools are secretly on board with it, or even overtly in some cases.
All that remains is to continue with the DM pilots, documenting successes, while consolidating our victories in cyberspace (in the form of lesson plans or whatever the teachers and students see fit to contribute -- more Youtubes etc.). Students take note that no one is saying I've made errors. The computations around the A,B and T modules are rock solid. You've got turtle graphics for making the plane nets, turtle graphics (not new) a great on-ramp to an "objects first" approach to learning programming (somewhat newer, what they're doing in Vienna). Again, we're talking state of the art, like no wonder Oregon is a technological leader, a world class pioneer.