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Why Math is Better than Politics…

September 16, 2008

“The best part about math is that, if you have the right answer and someone disagrees with you, it really is because they’re stupid.”

I found the above in an amusing list of quotes from an honors linear algebra class that was linked from Epsilonica, a blog I recently discovered, via his great post In Praise of Proving that Zero equals One.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. mattheath permalink
    September 17, 2008 6:07 am

    Thanks for the link

  2. aps223 permalink
    September 19, 2008 5:12 pm

    Hey,

    I recently started a math tutoring blog and am looking to add some related sites to our blogroll. I was wondering if you would be willing to exchange links with me. If you are interested I will be glad to add you to http://mathtutorlab.com

    Thanks,

    Tony

  3. September 22, 2008 7:40 am

    The quote is outright correct. Maths is straight-forward clear if the steps are proper. You do not have to wworry which method to use. Any method suitable, will give the same answer. No argument about it.

  4. September 30, 2008 8:11 pm

    Oh what a wonderful quote! 🙂 I wish I had that as a plaque or sign for my desk!

  5. October 4, 2008 8:15 pm

    Hi — Found your blog via BabyCenter. I love it. And I’m not even a math person. Great quote, by the way.

  6. October 4, 2008 8:29 pm

    Hi Kristina and welcome! I hope you enjoy the blog, and thanks for leaving a comment. 🙂

  7. October 6, 2008 2:07 pm

    Love this quote!

    Of course, even though it’s a wonderful quote, it isn’t exactly true. If I miss a problem because I’m still learning that topic (combinatorics!) and didn’t quite understand what I was doing, that’s not the same as being stupid.

    Also, some problems require a “flash of insight” that being smart doesn’t necessarily help with — but then one could argue that the smart person says, “I don’t know,” while the stupid one blunders on to a wrong answer.

  8. October 6, 2008 2:20 pm

    Hi Denise. 🙂

    Of course the quote is an oversimplification. Of course it is often not the case that someone who can’t solve a particular problem is “stupid”. The point, IMO, is the beauty of the fact that there are real “right” and “wrong” answers in math, which is of course not quite so clear with politics, no matter how strongly held a particular belief may be.

  9. mattheath permalink
    November 24, 2008 10:52 am

    Hi mathmom. I’m tagging people who’ve linked me in the past with this meme. Feel free to ignore it.

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