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Sun Feb 2 09:04:31 PST 2003

On Sun, Feb 02, 2003 at 01:28:05AM -0800, Max Rible <slothman at amurgsval.org> wrote:
> On Sat, 2003-02-01 at 19:18, Casey Rousseau wrote:
> > Damien Sullivan wrote:
> > > 
> > [snip]
> > > Of course, my life has been such that I got to view calculus 
> > > as basic math, properly possessed by anyone around me.  Yes, 
> > > this attitude leads to problems as I meet more people...
> > 
> > But of course calculus is basic math.  Before that it's all arithmetic and
> > geometry.  :)
> In college, I had the fortune to take a math class that showed how
> to derive the real numbers and modern mathematics from very limited
> set theory-- just a handful of basic postulates and lots of logic
> were all it took to get to arithmetic, calculus, and beyond.
> At that point, I finally understood why *every* year in grade
> school, math started out with a week of set theory and then
> dropped the topic like a hot potato:  they were trying to pass on
> this beautiful vision, but were utterly failing to do so.

Count yourself lucky -- I had set theory dropped on my head my 
first year of college.  Hadn't seen anything like it before.  

Matthew Hunter (matthew at infodancer.org)
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