Vanilla 1.1.9 is a product of Lussumo. More Information: Documentation, Community Support.
1 to 15 of 15
[Edit by Anton: see the comment thread to this question for background]
Wow... Pete you have pushed me into a "limbo"... I dont want to give a long reply... But it seems i have no other choice...
I dont want to discuss any personal thing here, but I would like you to know, that I work from home, and am not a professional math. student... But I am a computer science grad and we have had several math papers as subjects of study... I am about to take math, but I am doubtful, because academics dont let you think out of the box... which is why I have delayed taking the course... I want to explore math but I don't believe in mathematical rigor when I am exploring (Chaitin's fan you may say)...
Regarding your comments:
(i) I am new to MO... as such I read the faqs, and accepted wherever I think the answer's correct... Is there something else I need to do (I mean click tick marks, etc.) ?
(ii) I have done lots of mistakes, and I acknowledge that and have acknowledged that before also... thats is why I have 7 versions of a paper to arxiv... I will even withdraw my paper if someone points out where I am wrong... But when the academic community grips you like this and tells me to master something and pointing out that I need to give attention, I feel a bit intimidated... Because thats exactly what I want to do...
All I want to know is what is true... and when discussions turn into a flame game, I really hate that... because that delays knowledge exchange...
"academics don't let you think outside the box"
"I want to explore math but I don't believe in mathematical rigor when I am exploring"
I would normally try not to be a stereotypical academic when responding, but am rather tired after a couple of days thinking inside the box and trying to make a certain Ansatz rigorous. So: harrumph. And what Harry said.
(A more constructive comment may follow, but given the nature of rpg16's postings on MO, I can't bring up the necessary enthusiasm or sunny disposition at present.)
On two-way linking: I suspect I am not alone in coming here and being totally mystified as to what this discussion is all about. In order to save others the trouble, I will note here that this is a continuation of a discussion started at this question. Now, I only wish there were a way I could bump this comment up to the top of the thread …
Please go through Rudin's "Principles of Mathematical Analysis", and solve the exercises.
For elementary number theory, Hardy & Wright's book also might help you.
Of course, it will be good to learn some algebra, topology, etc..
After you do that, you will gain the quality called "rectitude of thought". Also you might benefit from joining a formal course somewhere.
You will have to ask your questions at the "ask a topologist" etc forums, though, if you decide to work through these books. MO is not the place, unfortunately.
With regards to the orthodoxy and thinking outside the box, let me just quote Carl Sagan.
They laughed at Galileo. They laughed at Newton. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.