Search All of the Math Forum:
Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by
NCTM or The Math Forum.


Math Forum
»
Discussions
»
sci.math.*
»
sci.math
Notice: We are no longer accepting new posts, but the forums will continue to be readable.
Topic:
Vietmath War : HEAVEN & EARTH
Replies:
1
Last Post:
Jul 12, 1996 6:10 PM




Vietmath War : HEAVEN & EARTH
Posted:
Jul 10, 1996 11:55 PM


 excerpts from HEAVEN & EARTH  Vietnamese woman : God is not cruel, just practical . .
In this life, without our knowledge,
we are paying back for a lot of bad past lives.
. . .
I too was a soldier in past lives  end excerpts 
I thought Hindi was the religion of reincarnation. In this movie Buddhists apparently believe in reincarnation also. Perhaps someone can straighten out the facts. True or not, both Hindi and Buddhists believe in reincarnation?
After I watched the above movie I wondered how I would use it for the purpose of VietMath War. This is a war of the math community and how stodgy, how ultra conservative and not yielding to any change from status quo. A community that has total grip over its members and is enforced by access or banishment of access to math journals. The movie above was well done and was a story based on a true story of people.
After watching it and seeing the past traditions of some cultures and the technology advancement of another culture. I have this to say in relation to the Vietmath War. I could not have picked a better analogy than the Vietnam War for all of its depth and ramifications.
And, importantly, it is a sad realization that the math community at present feels they have unlocked the math secrets that will be in existence for 10,000 years , nay a billion years into the future, and unchanged. That in this century alone, most of physics was overturned in the passage of Quantum Mechanics, a thorough and all pervasive revolution. Yet the mathematics community has only seen a revolution , a smaller one than what physics saw with QM, in the tune of NonEuclidean Geometry. Never has the math community seen a revolution in Number theory, and if you talk with virtually every math journal editor, all of them will say that they can prove the Peano Axioms do not manufacture Infinite Integers, that they can all define precisely what a Finite Integer is, and that they need not have to prove that Finite Integers are distinct from Infinite Integers. Math people are some of the most stubborn and hypocritical and illogical people that walk the face of the Earth.
If the US people had watched the series Vietnam TV history and had seen that the Vietnamese people were struggling for their independence, away from colonial barbarism , then, then I feel that no stupid president Kennedy or idiotic LBJ could have led the US people down the path of unrighteousness, and the US would have never gone into Vietnam. It took a brainwashing and "keep the people in the Dark (US people)" in order for the stupid political presidents to have foisted the Vietnam War on the US people. Same prejudice, darkness, journal presses propaganda is keeping the math world in the dark. Fight, I must, for that is the only way to move these math colonialists.
If capitalism is so great over communism, it will win by itself, we need not attack poor societies in the name of communism. How do you tell a communist person apart from a noncommunist? How do you tell an Infinite Integer apart from a Finite Integer? Math is supposed to be the science of precision, but our modern day math is so screwed up that it is no more precise than telling apart a communist Vietnamese from a democratic Vietnamese.



