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Re: Of Sequence and Success
Posted:
Nov 3, 2012 1:02 AM



Sudoku is a good example, but not the one you're still ignoring.
A. Of course "you really don't see sudoku being played that much (by adults even)." Solving puzzles requires concentration and is a poor public activity. You don't really don't see a lot of people working crosswords, either. And yet both appear in almost every newspaper you pick up. Do you really think that newspaperswhich are undergoing a fairly substantial economic crunchwould waste the space on something that isn't popular? (And consider what that means for astrology...)
B. The invention of modern mathematics by the ancient Greekswho were almost completely innumerate by today's standardsrenders your "natural progression" untenable. And I'm not the least surprised that you chose to ignore it.
On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM, Robert Hansen <bob@rsccore.com> wrote:
> > On Nov 2, 2012, at 5:55 PM, Louis Talman <talmanl@gmail.com> wrote: > > I gave an excellent example you seem to have chosen to ignore. > > > I'm sorry, I guess you are talking of this ... > > "And consider the popularity of puzzles like sudokuwhich are based on > very mathematical, but nonarithmetic, reasoningin a nation that > despises mathematics. Where do such phenomena fit in your "natural > progression"? > > I didn't give it enough thought and I will concede that sudoku is an > excellent nonarithmetic mathematical reasoning example. And it is playable > by young children (my son played it in first and second grade). I disagree > somewhat with your notion of "popularity" because you really don't see > sudoku being played that much (by adults even). That is probably just due > to self selection. Are you aware of anyone trying to popularize it in > elementary math curriculums? We used to have the magic squares (ok, so it > has a little arithmetic) and the fifteen puzzle (no arithmetic). Then the > standards came. > > Bob Hansen >
 Louis A. Talman Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Metropolitan State College of Denver
<http://rowdy.mscd.edu/%7Etalmanl>



