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bfv  ·  311 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: On teaching mathematics

I absolutely hated analysis for years after I got my degree for all the physics tangents in the calculus/advanced calculus sequence that I had to digest and memorize because they'd be on tests. I was interested in logic and combinatorics, and later topology via category theory. If I wanted to study physics, I would have signed up for physics classes. Mathematics is bigger than physics.

kleinbl00  ·  311 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah that's dumb. Engineers are taught that manufacturing is applied engineering, engineering is applied physics, and physics is applied math. Math isn't applied anything; it's the only discipline you can conjure out of pure thought. I would have figured the mathematicians would be insufferably reassured about that.

Devac  ·  311 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I get that, though I see myself leaning more and more toward physics as time passes. That said, both category and type theory help me a lot every day, even though it's rarely something I use directly.

Anyway, Arnold wrote it, so there's no surprise it's biased. I don't agree with the article, at least not in 100%. I did, however, find it has some good points and IMO it's thought-provoking enough to be shared.