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Comment I went into programming with this mindset... (Score 0) 616

I hated math in high school. I took a couple of coding classes when I got to college, and soon thereafter got a few jobs programming. I didn't really enjoy what I was doing, so I went back to school.

Programming taught me how to think rigorously. With a mind geared towards precise thinking, I found math to be a breeze. Now... I'm a mathematician who spends all her time programming -- I can tackle problems that old pencil & paper mathematicians balk at.

You don't have to be good at programming to do math. You'll just suck.

Also, math is not just arithmetic and calculus, you incompetent fools.

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 1) 686

You can say that they don't agree on a good way forward 'til you're blue in the face, but that doesn't address the fact at hand: 10 of 10 climate scientists agree that defunding climate science to silence the alarm bells is not the most pragmatic solution. And that's what we've been getting from the Republicans.

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 1, Insightful) 686

Republicans have railed against the "liberal bias" of science. Because, for example, they view climate change as a political issue, and climate scientists overwhelming agree that anthropogenic climate change is real. This is not smart. And it appears that facts, themselves, have liberal bias: an informed voter is a Democratic voter. Smart!

Comment Re:Infinity (Score 1) 1067

Mathematicians don't know which rule has precedence for 0/0,

Ouch. +5, Informative indeed. <sigh>

Mathematicians can argue for any value at all, not just zero or one. This means that neither of your "rules" could take precedence.

Annnnd, on to your rules. Any number multiplied by zero is zero. Any nonzero number divided by itself is one. Of course, mathematicians are wont to generalize "number" to "field element". Go crack out on wikipedia:

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