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May 3rd, 2012, 01:38 PM  #11  
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May 3rd, 2012, 10:22 PM  #12 
Math Team Joined: Mar 2012 From: India, West Bengal Posts: 3,871 Thanks: 86 Math Focus: Number Theory  Re: How to learn math
Utter nonsense right? I dont know about others, but for me, this phrase is really essential. 
May 4th, 2012, 06:20 PM  #13 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2011 From: USA Posts: 782 Thanks: 1  Re: How to learn math
Whether that's nonsense or not I think depends on what it's supposed to mean. If it means "seeing" (which might mean visualizing in your head or just having a gut feeling about it) beyond what you see written down, I would totally agree, and I would find that key as well. If it means some philosophical abstract something or other, then I would just say that wouldn't count for the average person even if they like math. 
May 4th, 2012, 09:34 PM  #14  
Math Team Joined: Mar 2012 From: India, West Bengal Posts: 3,871 Thanks: 86 Math Focus: Number Theory  Re: How to learn math Quote:
 
May 5th, 2012, 07:21 AM  #15 
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I am simple. I don't like pretension. My math learning has always been based on understanding the basics. If one does not know the basics, seeing beyond is just for snobs. Seeing beyond is only for appropriate for professional researchers who has complete tools at hand. 
May 5th, 2012, 07:36 AM  #16  
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Seeing beyond is like the guy who wrote over 350 pages to prove 1+1=2. Yah, it's a technical show off only for those who care. Someone has a lot of time to waste to be so flamboyant.  
May 5th, 2012, 09:07 AM  #17  
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: How to learn math Quote:
Principia Mathematica was not just a "technical show off". It was an attempt to put mathematics on a firm foundation  and its failure to do so underscored the importance of the goal! The problems were patched not long afterward, and the fundamental issues were discovered by Goedel and others over the next two decades.  
May 5th, 2012, 10:36 AM  #18 
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With all due respect, sir, I strongly doubt anyone who visits this forum will ever put mathematics in a firmer foundation.

May 5th, 2012, 11:06 AM  #19  
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: How to learn math Quote:
 
May 5th, 2012, 01:26 PM  #20 
Senior Member Joined: Jun 2011 Posts: 298 Thanks: 0  Re: How to learn math That's making it false after the effect. I must thank you for enlightening me to Goedel who wrote over 350 pages of gobbledegook, in which you also have explained to me that all the time he used for writing was not a waste but to put mathematics on a firm footing. This point of your argument is undeniable true, but it further scores my point to the fact that such "seeing beyond" is only appropriate for professional researchers vizaviz scholars as Goedel. As to suggesting ordinary visitors of this forum to see beyond, it is totally snobbish. Since as I have observed, most students who dropped questions here, don't seem to have the ability of understanding what they see in front of them; to expect them to see beyond is rather ridiculous. I think you in fact are Mr. Norm Megil. I am not convienced that this Megil actual is firming the foundation because I have not heard the eulogy yet. 

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