Good vid. I am going to do a little bit of quote mining to quote Ricky.
I actually think that in a lot of cases math is really ugly!
I've spent time at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where I did weapons research, trying to assess probabilities that our nuclear stockpile is going to be safe.
There is a large super computer there that in addition to needing liquid nitrogen to cool it also requires that huge amounts of river water be pumped in for additional cooling. It does nothing else but compute probabilities for nuclear weapons...
I have never heard anyone say, I wished I hadn't taken so much math.
Great mathematician but a little bit confused. I guess he meant the Borweins when he said anyone.
In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.