Marveling At The Historical

Math Oldies But Goodies

  • About This Blog

    This blog is mostly about math procedures in textbooks dated from about 1825-1900. I’m writing about them because some of the procedures are exquisite and much more powerful, and simpler, than some of the procedures in current text books. Really!

    I update this blog as frequently as possible ... every 2-3 days. And, if you are a lover of old texts and unique procedures, you might want to talk to me about them, at markdotmath@gmail.com. I’m not an antiquarian; the books I have are dusty, musty, brown-paged scribbled-in texts written by authors with insights into how math works. Unfortunately, most of their procedures have vanished. They’ve been overcome by more traditional perspectives, but you have to realize that at that time, they were teaching the traditional methods.

Four Sentences (that’s right – only four!) about Math

Posted by mark schwartz on June 29, 2016

Math requires two things: imagination and rigorous logic …. Kant

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere … Einstein

Most math thinking begins with vague visual images, later formalized in symbols … Hadamard

The mathematician’s feeling of triumph, as he forces the world to obey the laws his imagination has freely created, feeds on its own success … Rota

 

 

 

 

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