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[QUOTE]Originally posted by bdgee: [QB] He taught grammer to kids and refused to allow them to say anythig at all, just obey and be subserviant. Mathematicsis not a test of memory and endurance and data storaage. Mathematics is an art. Before you agree, disagree, or object, consider that a blind man cannot see the Mona Lisa to like or dislike or appreciate it or decide it is not good. It isn't his fault, but it is a fact. And his inability to appreciate the beauty of Leanardo's masterpiece does not make the portrait be not art. The inability to recognize a thing has or hasn't beauty does not make it not art , just inaccessable to the person that can't judge it. I have always wondered how much more beauty we who are trapped without his actual language to see with might see in Omar's Rubaiyat had we that means of seeing. (Omar, in his Rubaiyat, was not actually talking of lovers and drinking and celebration, which is the more common perception, but of his students and their learning and mathematics. He was, for those of you not already informed, a teacher and professor of mathematics.) Have you ever wondered what a man or woman, born deaf and still deaf thinks we mean when we say such as "Beethoven wrote beautiful music"? Do you suppose a mathematician might wonder what a normal non-mathematician might think is meant when one mathematician complements another by saying, "That was a beautiful result you found"? From H. S. Wall's Creative Mathematics (1966, I believe), "The mathematician is an artist whose medium is the mind and whose creations are ideas." In 1945 issure of the newspaper of the Illinios Institute of Technology, Wall wrote, with respect to the teaching of mathemtics, "....the fault lies in the prevalent idea that mathematics is a kit of tools all arranged in little packages. ... Rather than being a tool subject, I believe Mathematics is an art - the purest form of art, in which the mind is the instrument of expression. This is the art which takes chaos and builds from it magnificient structure and reason." [/QB][/QUOTE]
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