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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Beauty & Mystery... and Mathematics

Nice recent essay from the always-interesting Clifford Pickover:

http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2012/04/the-beauty-and-mystery-of-mathematics.html

excerpt:
"Today, we use computers to help us reason beyond the limitations of our own intuition. Experiments with computers are leading mathematicians to discoveries and insights never dreamed of before the ubiquity of computers...
"... I believe that studying science and mathematics through the telescope of history has profound value for students and anyone curious about the evolution of thought and the limits of mind.  When we study the history of mathematics, we see the challenges of both amateur and professional mathematicians who persevered; we see abacuses morphing into slide rules, and into calculators and computers."

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