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#26 2013-10-21 03:08:25



Re: Big scientists know no math?

Nowadays, a scientist is considered someone who is well-versed in all the sciences and maths, and not merely a specialized field.

I do not agree either.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

#27 2013-10-21 03:11:35

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Re: Big scientists know no math?

ShivamS wrote:

I don't mean it that literally such that a mathematician should have knowledge of physics, biology, chemistry, medicine, psychology etc. I mean a basic amount of math, biology, chemistry and biology. Most institute have the requirement of taking courses from the 4 aforementioned categories for graduation. And certain disciplines require a high degree of knowledge from another subject (i.e. physicists need a strong knowledge of analysis).

First of all, in my opinion mathematics is not a science.

What kinds of institutes?

The limit operator is just an excuse for doing something you know you can't.
“It's the subject that nobody knows anything about that we can all talk about!” ― Richard Feynman
“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

#28 2013-10-21 03:21:58

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Re: Big scientists know no math?

As far as I know, MIT, Harvard and several others have General Institute Requirements. That means even non-math/science majors/minors have to take such courses. As for your first statement, I disagree.

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Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. -Archimedes
Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them. - Neumann

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