[Edu-sig] computer algebra
kirby.urner at gmail.com
Thu Dec 11 05:39:10 CET 2008
On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 8:27 PM, Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
<< SNIP >>
> There are different schools of thought about this actually. I don't
> think pride comes into it.
Well, *my* school is quite pompous about it. We think "open oh" is for sissies.
But that's just us (quirky). Others more sobering.
<< GOOD STUFF >>
>> Note that by "open oh" I'm not talking about "big oh", a different
>> notation that I don't think is redundant, agree with Knuth that if
>> your calculus book doesn't include it, you're probably in one of those
>> computer illiterate schools (ETS slave, whatever).
> I think that comment is a little out of line. BTW big Oh is not part
> of calculus, it's part of complexity theory, a totally different field
> (more relevant to computers than calculus though).
Not part of calculus as commonly taught today, but *would* be if
Donald Knuth had his way:
> --Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)
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