[Humanist] 24.172 the New Math

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Sun Jul 4 07:29:20 CEST 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 172.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2010 13:06:20 -0400
        From: Francois Lachance <lachance at chass.utoronto.ca>
        Subject: New Math - Old Trope
        In-Reply-To: <20100616082905.C17E22E874 at woodward.joyent.us>


In your perusal of the zeitgeist of early computing you might want to turn 
briefly to a little later along the time line and consider the exchanges 
around the New Math. For example, French mathematician, Rene Thom is 
quoted by Siobhan Roberts _King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man 
Who Saved Geometry_

In the minds of most of our contemporaries, so-called modern mathematics 
holds a place of high prestige lying somewhere between cybernetics and 
information theory in the bag of tricks promoted by deceptive publicity as 
the essentials of modern technology, the indispensable tools for the 
future development of all scientific knowledge. ("'Modern' Mathematics: an 
Educational and Philosophical Error?")

Francois Lachance, Scholar-at-large

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