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Re: Re: More /.{I->-1} craziness. Schools are conservative.

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  • Subject: [mg106782] Re: [mg106683] Re: More /.{I->-1} craziness. Schools are conservative.
  • From: Daniel Lichtblau <danl at wolfram.com>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 07:34:01 -0500 (EST)
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Richard Fateman wrote:
> [...]
> There are lots of things that students SHOULD know that they don't 
> (about alcohol, drugs, music, sex.) Mathematica per se is WAY down the list.

I once taught an optimization course. We covered, briefly, genetic 
methods. At one point I found myself saying "I'm not sure it makes sense 
for me to lecture students on the mating process."


> [...] It is sort of like a fine dinner, where there are some delectable 
> items on the plate. You don't ordinarily welcome (on the same plate) 
> evidence that the animal you are eating was grass fed -- here is its 
> stomach --.

That depends on whether the cow was Open Source...

Daniel Lichtblau
Wolfram Research


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