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#1 20101004 05:57:16
Registrations now OPEN: 5th International Mental Maths CompetitionDear Colleagues, Last edited by micael (20101004 05:59:36) #2 20101004 07:26:04
Re: Registrations now OPEN: 5th International Mental Maths CompetitionHi micael;
While I agree tremendously with that statement. I am much less sure about this one.
Why? I used to have terrific mental math skills ( deteriorates with age ). 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. #3 20101027 13:29:08
Re: Registrations now OPEN: 5th International Mental Maths Competitionhi, i'd like to enter this competition (i'm 14), but it seems too much like a game rather than a serious competition.. the real joy in mathematics is not fast calculation, but rather the arts of numbers and shapes. I'm currently studying projective geometry and modular arithmetic (in Diophantine equations, to be precise) ; and i notice that fast calculation is most nearly pointless the further you advance into mathematics. In pure mathematics, it's great to be able to do fast calculations. In applied mathematics (simple or difficult), you will almost never do unassisted work (without a calculator or programs). #4 20101027 13:32:53
Re: Registrations now OPEN: 5th International Mental Maths Competitionnevermind, i looked into this competition and saw that this totally digresses from the point in mathematics. =\ Too much competition for the nonimportant things in math destroys the fun in mathematical research. The real stuff is IMO stuff =] #5 20101027 14:30:10
Re: Registrations now OPEN: 5th International Mental Maths CompetitionHi Daniel;
I have said many times I have supported both sides of this question. The only thing that indicates is that both conclusions must be wrong. Although people who cannot add 3 one digit numbers, loudly assure us that it has no place in math it pays to remember that Archimedes, Newton , Gauss and Euler were prodigious human calculators. Mental calculations remind me of speed chess all the greats can and could do it.
I wish that were true but it is not always.
I think so too. But solving problems in my view is the meat of math. Helping others when you can is rewarding in more ways than I can itemize.
Now that is the meat of your post. There are two reasons why I cannot attempt that. 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.
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