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Comment: Horrible oversimplification (Score 1) 1268

by moss1956 (#33239324) Attached to: US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

There are some respected mathematicians that will tell you that every equation is a lie. The meaning of the equals sign depends on the context. For example \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}a_n=s means
that the limit of an associated sequence of partial sums is equal to s. This story doesn't even some close to revealing the problems with the "equals" sign.

Comment: Some classics I haven't seen listed (Score 1) 451

by moss1956 (#27833601) Attached to: Classic Books of Science?

Linus Pauling's "The Nature of the Chemical Bond"
James D Watson " The Double Helix"
F. Carl Gauss "Disquisitiones Arithmeticae"
Henri Poincare "Méthodes nouvelles de la mécanique céleste"
Pierre-Simon Laplace "Mécanique Céleste"
Joseph La Grange "Mecanique Analytique"
Isaac Newton "Principia Mathematicae"
Herman Weyl "The Classical Groups"
Samuel Eilenberg, Saunders Maclane, "Algebraic Topology"
Alain Connes "Noncommutative Geometry"

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