Mathematics and Design: Yes, But Will It Fly?
Martin Davis and Matt Insall discuss a quote by Richard W. Hamming about the physical effect of Lebesgue and Riemann integrals and whether it made a difference whether one or the other was used, for example, in the design of an airplane. The gist of Hamming's quote was that the fine points of mathematical analysis are not relevant to engineering considerations.
M. Davis and M. Insall, "Mathematics and Design: Yes, But Will It Fly?," Nexus Network Journal, Birkhäuser Verlag, Jan 2002.
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Mathematics and Statistics
Keywords and Phrases
Historia Mathematica; Lebesgue Riemann Integrals; Martin Davis; Matt Insall; engineering design
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