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Jerry Uhl

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Registered: 12/6/04
Math by machine
Posted: Mar 12, 2002 3:05 PM
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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 Urbana-Champaign

http://www-cm.math.uiuc.edu , http://netmath.math.uiuc.edu, and

"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
-----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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