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I'm really impressed how far we've come in
becoming so CS-friendly here on math-teach
in just a short time.  What a wealth of experience!
Who knew?

Here we are, discussing Structured Programming,
and, buried in a CS-friendly thread below: FP
versus OOP fracture, a rift in CS world.

So esoteric!:

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9393270

http://worldgame.blogspot.com/2012/10/functionalism-versus-objectivism-again.html

What I groove on about these historical recaps is
mathematics has this time dimension just as much
/ also / as part of the same history.  Obviously, as
it's all one continuous movement, with forks and
branches, like a tree (also rejoinings, mergers,
unlike a tree).

Soooo many math textbooks deny their own
Z-axis as it were, even though they're manifestly
just an MRI slice of a few threads, e.g. the
"what is a Function" thread, ongoing through
time. 

That's what's considered cool in the the math of
our day:  to snip away all the cobwebs of history
-- which just means others get to respin them. 

Shouldn't "math class" take more responsibility for
sharing its own lore?  Give us some historical
perspective?

What was New Math again?  Why was it in the news? 

When Kirby says "Gnu Math", what might that mean?

What was Bourbaki again? 

And what is Chaos ("Xaos") math?

Give us some overview teacher. 

Show us the big picture.

We're but newbies (noobs), in need of orientation
and more context.

Mathematics also has its notational revolutions.
Shall we discuss them?  I like those "who first used
what symbol the way we mean it today" type
discussions, Euler often the star.

There's this myth about "math:  the universal
language": as if, if you put 1000 mathematicians
on a cruise ship they'd all be singing the same
hymns momentarily. 

Not so. 

Babel reigns. 

And that's not a bad thing, if you treasure diversity,
as Noah surely did; although the packing algorithm
must have been run on a the equivalent of a Cray
for his day, with so much to account for.

Kirby

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