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Fists of irony
trochee
trochee
oh holy of hole-y number lines
through rootedinsong I discovered the steaming morass that is people who don't get that mathematics has been fairly well worked-out over the last, say, three millenia, and who are re-drowning Hippasus.

basically, imagine: trolling in 2009 over a point of mathematics settled (albeit violently) in the 5th century BC.

[ETA: actually, it's not even an argument about the irrationals -- it's a troll over whether repeating decimals are "really" the same thing as a fraction. and it's 2006, not 2009. but still.]

[ETA again: the debate rages on in Wikipedia's talk page on this subject!]
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From: marnanel Date: July 14th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
BEWARE. Last time I posted about this I soon had sixty comments appear telling me I was wrong. Someone else had their work described as lesbian algebra.
From: rootedinsong Date: July 14th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's an awfully... strange coincidence, given the end of my original post.
trochee From: trochee Date: July 14th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
rootedinsong, I suppose I can link to your post?
From: rootedinsong Date: July 14th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. :)
From: marnanel Date: July 14th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps mathematicians and queerfolk are regarded with similar suspicion by the general population!
trochee From: trochee Date: July 14th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
i love it. bring on the flame war; I will stolidly defend the honor of the geometric series.
From: diego001 Date: July 14th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
These people make the baby Alan Turing cry.
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