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Math by machine
Posted:
Mar 12, 2002 3:05 PM


Years ago I bought the Dover book "Elementary Mathematics from an Advanced Point of View" written the legendary German mathematician Felix Klein in the early 1900's. Over the years, I have found this book very helpful in my teaching.
Taking it off the shelf after some minor surgery a couple of weeks ago, I came across a section on what Klein called "calculating machines." On page 22 of the Dover edition, I found:
"If the activity of a science can be supplied by a machine, that science cannot amount to much. ."
Jerry Uhl
  Jerry Uhl juhl@cm.math.uiuc.edu Professor of Mathematics, Professor of Education University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign
http://wwwcm.math.uiuc.edu , http://netmath.math.uiuc.edu, and http://matheverywhere.com
"Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house." Henri Poincare
"If the activity of a science can be supplied by a machine, that science cannot amount to much. . Felix Klein

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