Math is too liberal, too communist, and too female

But Conservapedia is going to fix that.

… apparently Conservapedia is unhappy that after Terence Tao got the Fields Medal four years ago he then endorsed Barack Obama for President, … To deal with this apparent liberal bias and affirmative action in the Fields Medal, Conservapedia is starting its own award for mathematicians

Read about the ConservaMath Medal here!

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19 thoughts on “Math is too liberal, too communist, and too female

  1. Conservapedia’s “winner” will have to be a mathematician who avoids both complex numbers and proof by contradiction, two other items that the moron who runs it has decided are unclean (for lack of a better description).

  2. Conservapedia’s “winner” will have to be a mathematician who avoids both complex numbers and proof by contradiction, two other items that the moron who runs it has decided are unclean (for lack of a better description).

    Well, I can see why proof by contradiction (ie reductio ad absurdem) would be anathema there. On the other hand, it would also make MCC’s compression pest a lot happier.

    As for complex numbers, well, I can see why doing without them would make the gang there happier. No quantum mechanics, no electronics, all that stuff. I’m going to be interested to see how they handle trigonometric calculus.

  3. It’s important to know what set-theory is required for a proof. But I’ve never quite understood the philosophical importance some people place on constructivism. And by “some people,” I mean some serious people, not the folks at Conservapedia.

  4. The Conservapedia people are for the most part endearingly dotty, but the founder Andrew Schlafly is quite extraordinary in the scope of his ambition. It was his idea to compile a list of “conservative words” by century, which on some personal conceit he and his colleagues strive mightily to ensure it retains the appearance of growing in strict geometric progression. Not content with any modern translation of the bible, he initiated the Conservative Bible Project. Encountering the E. coli Long-term Evolution Experiment, he engaged in a public dialog with its founder Richard Lenski that has brought his unique brand of illiterate venom to new audiences. He is bursting with original and unintentionally funny ideas.

  5. by century, which on some personal conceit he and his colleagues strive mightily to ensure it retains the appearance of growing in strict geometric progression. Not content with any modern translation of the bible, he initiated the Conservative Bible Project. Encountering the E. coli Long

  6. The dissing of complex numbers is especially amazing since, if i recall correctly, schlafly has a degree in electrical engineering.

  7. Wow, that ConservaMaths Medal is going to be mega-prestigious. I need to come up with something worthy to have a chance at it. Does anyone have Alan Sokal’s phone number?

  8. Schlafly’s sudden interest in the Fields Medal is extremely amusing. For the last few days he’s been loudly predicting the downfall of the mathematical establishment over the prize going to a woman (which in Schlafly’s mind would necessarily be undeserved, natch) but now he has to make do with a guy from Vietnam. (And apart from all the other obvious objections, the “communism!” charge makes absolutely no sense in light of his apparent affection for G. Perelman.) Tragically, although repeatedly asked, he didn’t provide examples of who he thought would have been a worthy Fields recipient.

    (Anyway, I very much hope that they do award the “ConservaMath” medal, just because I’ve found the ConservaPedia talk pages irresistible train-wreck reading since I saw the “Counterexamples to Relativity” page and this has almost as much comedy potential.)

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