On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 4:31 AM, Robert Hansen <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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