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Topic: The Purposes and Depths of Mathematics
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Louis Talman

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Re: The Purposes and Depths of Mathematics
Posted: Mar 9, 2010 5:26 PM
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On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 4:31 AM, Robert Hansen <> 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" means---let
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


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