
Re: precise use of language
Posted:
May 25, 2000 1:15 PM



At 7:25 AM 0400 5/25/00, Ted Stanford wrote this and more: > > >One difficulty that many students have with >calculus (and other math courses) is that they >don't understand the difference between precise >mathematical usage of language and ordinary usage >of language. Does anyone else have any info to >share on how they have attempted to help students >understand this difference? > Richard Feynman had a view on this. He said:
"Many of the math books . . . are full of . . . nonsense  of carefully and precisely defined words that are used by pure mathematicians in their most subtle and and difficult analyses, and are used by nobody else . . .. The real problem in speech is not precise language. The problem is clear language.'
Jerry Uhl   Jerry Uhl juhl@ncsa.uiuc.edu Professor of Mathematics, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign Member, Mathematical Sciences Education Board of National Research Council Calculus&Mathematica, Vector Calculus&Mathematica, DiffEq&Mathematica, Matrices,Geometry&Mathematica, NetMath
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"Is it life, I ask, is it even prudence, To bore thyself and bore the students?"
. . . Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

