Monthly Archives: January 2013

Mathematical experiment: a lost art.

Halmos, Paul R. Mathematics is not a deductive science — that’s a cliche. When you try to prove a theorem, you don’t just list the hypotheses, and then start to reason. What you do is trial and error, experimentation, guesswork. … Continue reading

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Are you one of them?

Lang, Andrew (1844-1912) He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts — for support rather than illumination. Treasury of Humorous Quotations.

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