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Topic: A statement on what is wrong with standard calculus
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Re: A statement on what is wrong with standard calculus
Posted: Feb 21, 1996 12:22 PM
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> "It is unworthy of excellent persons to lose hours like slaves in the
> labor of calculation."

> . . . Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz

What did Leibniz mean by "labor"? I think he meant that using
Calculus one could save considerable time in solving various
problems. For instance, optimising problems, related rate problems,
approximating roots, etc. Which means you trade much labor for the
minor work of taking a derivative and solving an equation.

Nowadays, of course, taking derivatives is considered labor.


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