Donald Sauter posted Apr 11, 2014 2:51 AM (http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9432357) - GSC's remarks follow: > > 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 > s 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. > I am not a math teacher and I don't have ready access to math textbooks - so I'm unable to respond to your 'challenge'.
I do hope you've reckoned into your daring 'scheme' the fact that "multiplication is just repeated addition"??
You might thus be able to make things even simpler!