Sometimes I wonder what world Jerry is living in. It isn't that everyone thinks that calculus is about tangent lines and areas under curves except people involved with Calculus and Mathematica (or whatever Jerry's course is called). Last time I looked, folks were using calculus in physics, biology, chemistry, engineering and economics.
Also, of course, it's not exactly a sin to think that being able to find tangent lines and areas is neat and exciting in itself.
(Next we have: Why read Shakespeare, there aren't any kings with power around anymore. Let's get that out of the curriculum, and just have stories about REAL people. Also, what's this poetry crap?)
I'm tired of Jerry making this point over and over again. He doesn't even believe it, because he does a great job showing students that mathematics is powerful, beautiful and elegant. Let's stick to the math and spare us the breast-beating.
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