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Re: if vs. when vs. and: style question


From: Marcin Borkowski
Subject: Re: if vs. when vs. and: style question
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:21:23 +0200

Hello,

first of all: I stand in awe watching this discussion I've inadvertently
started.

On 2015-03-30, at 16:18, Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> wrote:

>>> Do you know any Mathematician that is paid by the hour? ;-)
>> Or that is forced to use differential geometry to solve his problem,
>> whatever it is, because the enterprises only has other specialists of
>> differential geometry, and they are easy to find for hiring.
>
> Along the same lines, I don't know many programmers whose code is never
> passed to a compiler/interpreter but is instead only read by other
> human beings.

BTW: I think you nailed a serious problem with contemporary mathematics:
that machine checking proofs isn't a routine part of the publishing
process.  The number of erroneous papers in math journals is
horrifying.  Substantial portion of my depatment's seminar is devoted to
discussing errors in papers.  Once a colleague found a relatively simple
/counterexample/ to a theorem which was a cornerstone of a whole theory
(and a basis for several dozen other papers).

>         Stefan

Best,

-- 
Marcin Borkowski
http://octd.wmi.amu.edu.pl/en/Marcin_Borkowski
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
Adam Mickiewicz University



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