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Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Wednesday July 7, 2004

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:00 PM

Beyond Geometry

(Title of current L. A. art exhibit)

John Baez:

What is the difference between topology and geometry?

Geometry you learn in high school; topology in college. So, topology costs more.

A bit more seriously….

“The greatest obstacle to discovery
is not ignorance —
  it is the illusion of knowledge.”

— Daniel J. Boorstin,
American historian, educator, writer.
Source: The Washington Post,
“The Six O’Clock Scholar,”
by Carol Krucoff (29 Jan. 1984)

For the illusion of knowledge,
see (for instance)
The Importance of Being Nothingness,
by Craig J. Hogan
(American Scientist, Sept.-Oct. 2001).

A bit more seriously…

“These cases are
neither harmless nor amusing.”
— Craig J. Hogan, op. cit.

For example:

“Thanks to Dr. Matrix
for honouring this website
with the Award for Science Excellence
on May 14, 2002 and selecting it
for prominent display in the categories
of Mathematics and Creative Minds.”

See also my notes
On Dharwadker’s Attempted Proof,
November 28, 2000, and
The God-Shaped Hole,
February 21, 2001.

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