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## Mathematics As the Most Misunderstood Subject680

Posted by timothy
from the philosophical-engagement dept.
Lilith's Heart-shape writes "Dr. Robert H. Lewis, professor of mathematics at Fordham University of New York, offers in this essay a defense of mathematics as a liberal arts discipline, and not merely part of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) curriculum. In the process, he discusses what's wrong with the manner in which mathematics is currently taught in K-12 schooling."
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## Mathematics As the Most Misunderstood Subject

• #### Inital comment (Score:0, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 22, 2010 @05:02AM (#34639278)

Commenting on something near the top of the list.

• #### Re:HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED, KIDS !! (Score:5, Funny)

on Wednesday December 22, 2010 @05:22AM (#34639348)
let A=1, B=1
A^2=B^2 because A=B, so
A^2=AB and
A^2-B^2=A^2-AB , next we factor
(A+B)(A-B)=A(A-B) , divide like terms
(A+B)=A
substituting our variables for their values we learn that
2=1.
• #### Re:he's right (Score:5, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 22, 2010 @05:33AM (#34639398)
Okay.

Philosophy is the process of speaking greek and stroking beards. Therefore by stroking a grecians beard, I shall become a philosopher.

I have defined philosophy (badly) and applied a complete absense of logic. Is that not what you meant?
• #### Re:he's right (Score:5, Funny)

on Wednesday December 22, 2010 @08:53AM (#34640436) Homepage Journal

The slashdot hivemind divides the world into a series of either/or choices

Well, part of it does and another part doesn't.

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