Neil Rickert Sez mathematics is NOT about Reality!

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, Neil Rickert chimes in and sez:
When you buy a dozen eggs, don't be fooled just because there are 12 eggs in the carton. Heck it could be any number of eggs math isn't about reality.
Shit, I believe that though. Ya see that person behind the cash register? Pretty much proof positive that math isn't about reality.
The next time the cashier says "That will be 55 dollars please". Hand her a twenty and say "Out of twenty". Then tell her it doesn't matter because math isn't about reality.
And inventory? Forgetaboutit it deals with math and math isn't about reality.
And Neil, the way you treat science it isn't about reality either...
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, Neil Rickert chimes in and sez:
Mathematics is not about reality.Remember that the next time you go to pay for something. All the math that was done to see how much you owe at the grocery store has nothing to do with reality!
When you buy a dozen eggs, don't be fooled just because there are 12 eggs in the carton. Heck it could be any number of eggs math isn't about reality.
Shit, I believe that though. Ya see that person behind the cash register? Pretty much proof positive that math isn't about reality.
The next time the cashier says "That will be 55 dollars please". Hand her a twenty and say "Out of twenty". Then tell her it doesn't matter because math isn't about reality.
And inventory? Forgetaboutit it deals with math and math isn't about reality.
And Neil, the way you treat science it isn't about reality either...
1 Comments:
At 4:26 PM, Unknown said…
Applying math IS about reality. But pure math is just about math.
GH Hardy proudly proclaimed that none of his work had any practical applications. Turns out he was wrong but not 'til later.
In the mid 1990s Andrew Wile finally proved Fermat's Last Theorem. Any practical applications? Wait and see . . . .
Number Theory is one of the least applied areas of mathematics but then along came 20th century cryptography . . .
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