Re: answers I'd like from an SI

From: Bryan Bishop (
Date: Mon Nov 12 2007 - 18:08:37 MST

On Monday 12 November 2007 18:33, Thomas McCabe wrote:
> I meant "without slogging through the hundreds of pages of math" that
> you would find in any course or textbook on the subject. If that was
> the requirement for science-literacy, none of us could be literate
> over any significant range of subjects, due to the huge volume of
> specialized material required for each of them.

A more general principle might be this: due to the exploding amounts of
information in any of the specialized fields (growing more numerous by
the week), there is little that we can do to keep 100% up-to-date due
to our linear reading constraints at the moment, except perhaps
professors who employ assistants to basically distribute his tasks out
to capable hands. So that "huge volume of specialized material" is
growing when we're not (not yet, anyway).

- Bryan

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