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Name: louis d woodall
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Date: Around 1995


Question:
I am helping a disabled woman who needs to complete algebra for her degree. She seems to have a mental block against being able to learn mathematics, but does extremely well in philosophy. How may I present mathematics to her as just another branch of philosophy?


Replies:
Well the traditional approach to mathematical philosophy or the philosophy of mathematics has been to use "logic" as the basis of everything, and in particular Boolean algebra. I cannot say this is a very appetizing way to go though, but maybe her ability in philosophy will enable her to very quickly understand what Boolean algebra is all about and gain confidence in being able to do other things in mathematics as well. The old truth tables etc. or complex logic problems such as in some of Raymond Smullyan's books might be fun exercises.

Once a person realizes that mathematics is mostly based on logically and exceedingly carefully going from one set of ideas to another, they probably should be in the right frame of mind to do just about anything.

asmith



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