This is the title of a talk from 1st March 2004, for the
Trinity Mathematical Society
Cambridge, and then on 14th February 2005 (in appropriately
Americanised form) for the University
of Chicago Math Club
. A rough version of my text is available
here in pdf. I've approximately integrated the slides into the
text, but please note that this was a talk
and was not intended to be a written paper! I've basically just
tried to make my notes look vaguely presentable...
Generations of even well-educated adults are under the delusion that
mathematics is difficult, and that mathematicians must therefore be
very clever. In this talk I will explode this myth and show that
mathematics is in fact easy, and moreover that mathematics is precisely
"that which is easy" for an appropriate sense of 'easy'. We will
take 'easy' to mean 'attainable by logical
thought processes'. As a corollary, or a converse, or a
or something, we will discuss the importance of illogical thought
in non-mathematical life and the fact that life is thus difficult.
or otherwise we will deduce that mathematics is not life, nor can it
should it be.
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