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Re: [CALCREFORM:2739] Einstein Revisited
Posted:
Sep 5, 1995 9:29 AM


On Tue, 5 Sep 1995, MADD wrote:
> I, of course, may be > wrong, but obstinately maintain that an educational system which > considers obsolete the using of brain power for anything that machines > can solve and thus encourages students to indulge in comfortable > retardation will not produce an enviable number of Poincares and > Einsteins.
Speaking from the notsolunatic fringe of reform of all mathematics, I agree completely with the above statement as written. However, it stands out of context and I did disagree with the context (see message 2739).
I will now make an argument by analogy. The invention of the chain saw no more made the axe or hand saw obsolete than did the invention of symbolic algebra devices make the human algebra device obsolete. Chain saws just make it easier for less physically fit individuals to prune or cut down trees and allow the ordinarily abled logger to cut down more in a fixed length of time. Misuse of chain saws and axes both cause serious injury. Similarly, misuse of algebra by either method can lead to mathematical injury.
Ed
 Edward S. Miller edmiller@lcsc.edu
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