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Topic: Re: Some important demonstrations on negative numbers > a MACS

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Robert Hansen

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Re: Some important demonstrations on negative numbers > a MACS syllabus
Posted: Dec 17, 2012 11:43 PM
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On Dec 17, 2012, at 10:04 PM, Joe Niederberger <> wrote:

> You cannot argue any point at all without lapsing into these analogies. That's rather informal of you.

The analogies were an attempt to communicate to you what mathy is, but there doesn't appear to be any place for them to land. You need everything spelled out or you just don't get it. Some things Joe, are simply not meant to be spelled out.

> If you have a problem with the mathematical picture that I was alluding to earlier, say it what it is. Please spare us another art analogy regarding violins, or pianos, or paintings.

Fine. No analogies. You are not mathy. You don't possess the sense. It isn't about seeing patterns. It is about seeing the truth behind the patterns. Most of my math education was spent waiting for the teacher to catch up. But I didn't have really strong teachers. A couple good coaches though. Find another mathy person to explain it to you, I am not getting through.

Bob Hansen

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