Less poetic, perhaps, but reading itself becomes an archaic skill with a minute fraction of modern memory easily accommodating all of everything that's ever been written in every written language and mechanical readers that give it to us orally (better, aurally). Too many folk fail to realize that positional notation and its almost trivial arithmetic algorithms ranks up there in the wonders of modern human development far behind speech, of course, and behind phonetic written language with movable type but with much less of a gap and its hard to come up with another broad category that is even in the same ballpark.
At 10:18 AM 6/19/2013, Dave L. Renfro wrote: >Robert Hansen wrote (in part): > >http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9139927 > > > I have always chalked it up to the simple fact that numbers (mostly multi > > digit numbers) are every where and they tell stories and without some > > fluency in their construction and use, you would be unable to read > > those stories. > >This is very nicely put, poetic in fact! > >Dave L. Renfro