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Re: Old School "New Math"
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2018, 11:51:42 am »
I realize that I am considered a "poor man" in the USA, and such men, with no financial resources to speak of, do not generally write up any kind of "will;" but I have been considering where the safest place to donate my humble little library along with "the notebooks" would be.

It would be impractical and all-too-expensive to have them transported either to Northern India or the north-western United States (Seattle area), and I sometimes think, in the event of an untimely death, the best place to donate these books and notebooks and computer programs to might actually be the high school I attended in my youth; that is, good ole' Christian Brothers Academy on Newmansprings Road, across the street from Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey, an institution uncomfortably reminiscent of the school in Salinger's Catcher in the Rye.

It is there that, perhaps, some "teaching brother" (not a priest) in a black uniform might take an interest, specifically in the Dolciani collection, but also the notebooks, as an aid to math instructors.

To my nephew, even if they could be shipped, the books and notebooks might represent a burden, and to Holden of India, where physical shipment is even more infeasible, they would become an anchor chaining him in a room/cell for a couple decades.   No, I'm afraid, as depressing as it may sound, the recipients of this secret treasure most likely will be a religious order of pseudo monks called "Christian Brothers."

I just wish someone besides myself could benefit, or that I might be one small link in a fragile chain preserving this kind of treatment of this level of the discipline.

I am sure I must sound like a real nerd, if that word is even taken seriously anymore.  It's such a disgusting word, I think.  Back in my high school days I ran track, smoked herb, and wished I understood the math better.  I did not fit into any of the "jock, druggie, nerd" roles, although I was leaning strongly in the direction of druggie and totally sympathized with the "nerds".

Truth be told, I have a special kind of hatred for those who use the word "nerd" in a derogatory fashion, even if I personally do not identify myself with such shallow labels.
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Core Books in Advanced Mathematics [U.K]
« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2018, 01:31:38 pm »
Holden,

You may want to save and store these somewhere for future reference.  This series from around 1983-1985 seems very focused.

Core Books in Advanced Mathematics  (Plumpton)

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Re: Old School "New Math"
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2018, 12:57:53 am »
I realized that even if the future finds me a drunken Herr Hyde, a mere Igor to my current Dr. Funkenstein mental state, that I am leaving plenty of grunt work to be handled by a less clear-minded version of myself.

My little life goal is quite humble but incredibly time-consuming.   As Henry Fool said, it takes a lifetime to achieve, really.  My life's work will not be some deep philosophical magnum opus, but simply a huge collection of hand-written notebooks with evidence of how I would work through the full spectrum of high school and undergraduate "Preliminary Mathematics."

If I do leave a small philosophical treatise which gets the attention of a small cult following of the future's youth, a handful of those youth might be genuinely inspired to spend several years going through the "math notes" I intend to one day scan into digital format to send like some kind of arrow into cyberspace before I die.

That's why, as Dr Jeckyl of today, I work so diligently while my mind is clear, sharp, focused, leaving instructions to a possible future-self I will call Herr Hyde.  I trust that he will be a diligent, even if somewhat drunk and bad-tempered, loyal counterpart to my present self.  In other words, Dr. Jeckyl trusts that Herr Hyde will follow through and scan the math notes even if he is too drunk to care about or understand the contents therein.

Dr Frankenstein will be an Igor to his own notes should the future throw me a few curve balls that send me into a downward spiral.

I had this thought today, and it warmed my heart, really.   I took this as evidence that I am "whole," that even the most flawed and broken aspects of my psyche have a certain appreciation and respect for this humble desire to help some curious seeker of the future in an underground, nontraditional manner from beyond the grave in a manner that may or may not have the blessings of the established educators of the future.

The math notes are void of philosophical reflections, and this is what may make them all the more novel.

The youth will not be able to deny that this man, whatever society may say about him after he is dead, really was into "his old school classical and so-called MODERN mathematics" ... even if he was not a very good role model in a society which scorns the thoughtful and philosophical man who would prefer to contemplate equations to shooting guns or praising the Lord.
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Re: Old School "New Math"
« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2018, 02:24:35 pm »
I am not sure where else to post this, but since you bring up the potential for "downward spiral" in your life, and seeing as I too will be changing my way of getting through this life soon, I wanted to let all of you know that in a recent video Gary Inmendham has stated that he is likely losing his humble hermit's abode due to the landlord selling the land he rents on.  :-\

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8GgTMPtru4

Sorry to take this thread off of the rails a bit.  We simply do not know what is around the corner for us.

"And the strict master Death bids them dance."

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Re: Old School "New Math"
« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2018, 03:28:31 pm »
This would present quite a dilemma.  Landlord selling the land - sounds like a conspiracy with some Big Money behind it.  "They" are trying to "fuuck with G's life ...

Big Money

I could not sit through an hour of watching anyone, not just Inmendham, read through "comments" while smoking on vaporized nicotine.   

It makes me thankful that I can amuse myself with old math books. 

I sympathize with the stress that this selling of the land to an ass-hole is going to introduce into Gary's life.   One thing I appreciate about Inmendham is the insight he has into his own low frustration tolerance.  He knows that such a "curve ball" will have him seriously contemplating suicide.   I have somewhat of a game plan but very basic:  place books, notebooks, cot, blankets, and computers in very small ($50 per month) storage and roll with the punches, hoping that I might land somewhere where I might transplant the "study cell".

Oh, and I can't refrain from stating that I am more than a little creeped out by the background images in that V-Blog.   It leads me to question where the hell Inmendham's head is at.   Does he really think people want to see images of his body in tight shorts like that?

Maybe I should keep such comments to myself.   Maybe I am just uptight.  Actually, I don't think I would want to be walking in the woods without long pants on as I would often run into patches of stickers and find myself crawling in areas where you would prefer some clothes to protect the skin.

Eh ... whatever, I suppose.   
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Re: Old School "New Math"
« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2018, 01:12:54 pm »
I have locked this topic as the essential information pertaining to the "New Math" movement, i.e., "Modern Mathematics" ===>  "Abstract Mathematics", is covered on the first page of the thread (for posterity).

Last point: What is the difference between "Discrete Mathematics" and "Finite Mathematics"?

I wanted to add to this thread but will redirect it to a new thread called "Opposition to Pure Mathematics".
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Some Classic Dolciani Texts on Library Genesis
« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2020, 09:19:33 pm »

Modern Introductory Analysis
Mary P. Dolciani, Edwin F. Beckenbach, Alfred J. Donnelly, Ray C. Jurgensen, William Wooton




Modern Algebra - Structure and Method Book One
Author(s):   Mary P. Dolciani, Simon Berman, Julius Freilich




Modern geometry   Volume:
Author(s):   R.C. Jurgensen, A.J. Donnelly, Mary P. Dolciani, A.E. Meder




 Geometry
Houghton Mifflin McDougal Littell
Ray C. Jurgensen, Richard G. Brown, John W. Jurgensen

That's it for now.


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