DailyDirt: Trust In Math

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We'll know things are really going wrong when government authorities are trying to innovate their way around math. (And maybe we're already headed that way with backdoors to encryption.) Hopefully, though, we'll be able to trust in math for the foreseeable future, and nevermind about the Banach-Tarski paradox. Math is hard. If you've been thinking about learning how to code, take a look at our Daily Deals for a collection of online courses to help you program and/or master some professional skills.

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    Roger Strong (profile), 6 Jan 2016 @ 6:04pm

    > One solution to this problem might be to include some obfuscation and noise to the network...

    This raises the possibility that the Republican Party is actually holding an intelligent and well-reasoned policy debate in total secrecy, with certain candidates there to contribute obfuscation and noise.

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    Kurt Godel, 6 Jan 2016 @ 7:48pm

    Trust In Math
    Um, about that...

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      Anonymous Coward, 6 Jan 2016 @ 9:46pm

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      Yeah, about that. There are too many people who so trust in mathematics that they have forgotten the limitations and the why of the limitations.

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        JoeCool (profile), 6 Jan 2016 @ 11:44pm

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        Too many people don't realize that math can give you things that can't exist in the real world. For example, in the first algebra class I took, the teacher showed us the formula for a shape that has finite surface area, but infinite volume. Such things are common in math.

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        Anonymous Coward, 7 Jan 2016 @ 6:11am

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        In complex math, the limits are an integral part of the model.

        Not sure what is meant by "trust in math", like you trust the bank math so you do not check your account balance?

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Jan 2016 @ 10:53am

    What about quatum computers?

    Will the advent of quantum computers be a paradox for encryption?

    You'll be able to encrypt and decrypt everything.

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