
Re: The Purposes and Depths of Mathematics
Posted:
Mar 9, 2010 5:26 PM


On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 4:31 AM, Robert Hansen <bob@rsccore.com> wrote: > Lou wrote: > > "This says it all. By his own admission, Hansen's understanding of mathematics "lacks any real fluency". And yet he will undertake to tell us what "authentic" mathematics is." > > > My reply: > > Actually Lou, I have fluency in all three.
Says the man who didn't know what the word "tautology" meanslet alone why it's a word that's important in mathematics.
What would you say about me, Robert, if I claimed enough fluency in engineering to pass judgment on whether or not a curriculum represents "authentic" engineering? Would you be justified in suggesting that my abysmal ignorance is eclipsed only by the magnitude of my arrogance?
 Louis A. Talman Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Metropolitan State College of Denver
<http://rowdy.mscd.edu/%7Etalmanl>

