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  •  I find it particularly interesting (5+ / 0-)

    That virtually all of mathematics was discovered and mastered long before there were computers.  The only thing I've heard of where computers helped create new mathematics was proving the four color conjecture.

    The problem with computers in education is that they are used as a substitute for thinking, instead of a tool to help you think better.  IMO, creating a quadratic or cubic curve by finding the zeros, the local min/max, the inflection points, and then hand-plotting the curve on graph paper gives you far more mastery of the subject than letting Texas Instruments do your thinking for you.

    Big Joe Helton: "I pay Plenty."
    Chico Marx: "Well, then we're Plenty Tough."

    by Caelian on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 01:10:11 PM PDT

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