And Another Thing, Dept.

traditional math

Back in November, 2015, online Atlantic published an article that Katharine Beals and I wrote on explaining your answer in math.  It generated some controversy in the comment section, as well as some discussion in math blogs.

As I’ve indicated in other posts, the article was selected for inclusion in the anthology “Best Writing on Mathematics, 2016” published by Princeton University Press.

Apparently, one particular physics professor got annoyed with it first time around, and annoyed again when it made the rounds a second time after publication in the anthology. So annoyed in fact that he ranted about it in an article he wrote for Forbes. He states:

There’s a lot in the Garelick and Beals piece that I intensely dislike, but their core argument boils down to “The real point of math is being able to get the right answer, so as long as students get the right…

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