[FOM] Frank Quinn article in January Notices

A. Mani a_mani_sc_gs at yahoo.co.in
Sat Dec 24 09:18:14 EST 2011

On Thursday 22 Dec 2011 11:00:22 PM Timothy Y. Chow 
> Strictly speaking there is not much here that hasn't 
already been said by
> Quinn, or others, before, but I felt that Quinn has 
articulated several
> points particularly clearly and forcefully in this article.  I 
> believe that his main thesis is correct and important: that 
> underwent a revolution in precision and rigor about a 
century ago; that
> the reasons for this revolution are poorly understood by 
almost everybody,
> even many professional mathematicians; and that this 
lack of understanding
> has caused dangerously widening rifts in the 
mathematical, scientific, and
> educational worlds.


On a related note, the reasons for avoiding diagrammatic 
reasoning and diagrams of different kinds in mathematical 
reasoning for example, are not explained to most people. 
That is also because the subject has to do with 'non-
mathematical' aspects. 

(http://www.ippt.gov.pl/~zkulpa/diagrams/ ) and related 
references provide some hints for questions relating to 
admissible reasoning with diagrams in the mathematical 
and scientific domain. 


A. Mani

A. Mani

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