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
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
What was New Math again? Why was it in the news?
When Kirby says "Gnu Math", what might that mean?