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Kirby Urner

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Re: More Prototyping (gnu math thread)
Posted: Aug 23, 2007 5:00 PM
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> I don't think that spherical *geometry* (or any other
> non-Euclidean geometry) was ever particularly important
> as a high school topic. If you meant spherical
> *trigonometry*, that's a horse of another color.


Geometry, trigonometry whatever. The fine points of
your "non-Euclidean" are of some interest though. I
take it up on more detail in geometry-pre-college:
http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=1344371&tstart=0

> And your suggestion that it was displaced by
> Newtonian calculus is arguable, at the very least.


Joe Clinton showed me the spherical trig books that
used to get air time pre the big push to gateway
everyone through Calc (moooo!). Fast Food Nation
indeed.

> Spherical trig may just have died on the vine when it
> was no longer expected that high school graduates
> could become surveyors and/or navigators with no
> further formal education.


Yeah, a presumptuous class thing. As we're learning in
South Africa, it makes perfect sense to get young boys
on the water, sailing, before they get recruited into
landlubber gangs, and a lot of distracting politics
(Lara did an excellent story about this awhile back on
CBS -- she's chief foreign correspondent and an RSA
native).

Navigation arts make a big come back in my scenario. We
don't *let* it "die on the vine" they way they did in
the dark ages 1900s (but then they didn't have the GIS/
GPS tech we now take for granted, poor slobs).

> In education, such deaths are usually quite protracted,
> and that explains the "recent memory" part.
>
> - --Lou Talman


I'm glad you too feel secure in your model. Nice isn't
it?

Kirby



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