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Topic: Re: Wisdom of teaching children Peano Postulates (was: when young students ask why do we need absolute value?)
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Dave Seaman

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Re: Wisdom of teaching children Peano Postulates (was: when young
Posted: Sep 17, 2001 1:43 PM
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In article <>,
James Hunter <> wrote:

>Herman Rubin wrote:

>> In article <9o3ugu$179$>,
>> Chan-Ho Suh <> 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.

Dave Seaman
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