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GS Chandy

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Re: all of math is just addition and multiplication
Posted: Apr 11, 2014 12:17 PM
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Donald Sauter posted Apr 11, 2014 2:51 AM ( - 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!

Bemusedly yours,

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