
Re: Wisdom of teaching children Peano Postulates (was: when young
Posted:
Sep 17, 2001 1:43 PM


In article <3BA62B7D.D89AAA18@Jhuapl.edu>, James Hunter <James.Hunter@Jhuapl.edu> wrote:
>Herman Rubin wrote:
>> In article <9o3ugu$179$1@persian.noc.ucla.edu>, >> ChanHo Suh <csuh@math.ucla.edu> wrote:
>> ..................
>> >> There can be some confusion when something is intuited; >> >> formalizing it avoids the need for unlearning and relearning.
>> >What confusion have you noticed typically results about the ordinal >> >structure of the integers??
>> Not much, except that most college students, including >> those taking mathematics courses, cannot understand >> arguments by induction.
> The reason for that is that "scientists" have never > shown that "agrument by induction" is even approximately valid.
Mathematical induction is not an "argument by induction." It is a deductive argument.
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