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Donald Sauter

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Re: all of math is just addition and multiplication
Posted: Apr 10, 2014 5:21 PM
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My first "All of math is just addition and multiplication" post generated some bemusement and consternation. Perhaps I should have said there are just two tools in the mathematician's toolbox - addition and multiplication. (Counting is a given.) If you take a close look at the individual steps your brain takes in solving a math problem, you will find there is nothing beyond basic addition and multiplication.

Of course, I'm using "math" in the ordinary sense of the number-y, mainstream math, from counting up through calculus and beyond.

Somewhere in the thread I issued a challenge to shoot me down with some problem taken from a math textbook.

No one accepted the challenge, so I ask again, show me a problem from a math textbook that involves more than basic steps in the brain of addition and multiplication.


Donald Sauter

> I just put up a new page supporting my argument that,
> "all of math is just addition and multiplication."
> Please feel free to have a look. It's not long.
> http://www.donaldsauter.com/all-of-math.htm
> Donald Sauter

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