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Are some areas of maths inherently central and others as more peripheral?
Or is any sense of centrality just a human experience, a cultural artifact arising from:
what has had greater application,
what has been studied more,
what produces a greater sense of the sublime in the human mind?
Are some parts of mathematics inherently a more fundamental description of what is going on in the universe, or is it as silly (or correct?) to talk about maths that way as it would be to talk that way about a classical ballet? [more inside]

posted by compound eye on Sep 30, 2012 - 6 answers

posted by compound eye on Sep 30, 2012 - 6 answers

What are the best places to study science and mathematics subjects for university credit online? [more inside]

posted by compound eye on May 24, 2010 - 3 answers

posted by compound eye on May 24, 2010 - 3 answers

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