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Forum: Operation Billion Digits 2015-10-19, 12:59
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Posted By R.D. Silverman
Certainly basic number theory is.... I am...

Certainly basic number theory is....

I am not so sure that I would call epsilon-delta proofs 'beautiful'. :smile:
Forum: Operation Billion Digits 2015-10-19, 12:57
Replies: 39
Views: 28,264
Posted By R.D. Silverman
During my undergrad years I took two courses in...

During my undergrad years I took two courses in logic: Phil 140 and Phil 141, taught by Quine. (who was quite a
character). Because philosophy is considered a 'humanity', these courses helped...
Forum: Operation Billion Digits 2015-10-06, 11:41
Replies: 39
Views: 28,264
Posted By R.D. Silverman
Based on prior responses, you are probably...

Based on prior responses, you are probably talking over the OP's head.
Forum: Operation Billion Digits 2015-10-05, 12:19
Replies: 39
Views: 28,264
Posted By R.D. Silverman
My experience is from 40 years ago. The U.S. was...

My experience is from 40 years ago. The U.S. was pushing STEM as part of the 'cold war'. SAT's were required.



No doubt these same students also need to take remedial 'bonehead' English as...
Forum: Operation Billion Digits 2015-10-05, 00:07
Replies: 39
Views: 28,264
Posted By R.D. Silverman
Number theory, group theory as a sub-topic of...

Number theory, group theory as a sub-topic of modern algebra, and the theory of computation/computer algorithms.



So I presume that you have not really been exposed to any math at all beyond...
Forum: Operation Billion Digits 2015-09-27, 20:47
Replies: 39
Views: 28,264
Posted By R.D. Silverman
Perhaps. But the second half of that sentence...

Perhaps. But the second half of that sentence "so I hope it's not too complex"
tends to indicate something else.
Forum: Operation Billion Digits 2015-09-27, 15:17
Replies: 39
Views: 28,264
Posted By R.D. Silverman
P-1, even a 2-step P-1 does NOT require a...

P-1, even a 2-step P-1 does NOT require a massive amount of memory. There is a simple method
to implement Step 2 that requires space that is about 100 log(N)/(word size of machine)

OTOH, a...
Forum: Operation Billion Digits 2015-09-27, 15:13
Replies: 39
Views: 28,264
Posted By R.D. Silverman
Perhaps. But I am certainly no smarter than you....

Perhaps. But I am certainly no smarter than you.
The difference between me and you is that I have devoted lots and lots of time
to studying this subject.

Don't equate dedication and...
Forum: Operation Billion Digits 2015-09-27, 15:05
Replies: 39
Views: 28,264
Posted By R.D. Silverman
I am curious. Why do you think that not having...

I am curious. Why do you think that not having taken calculus is relevant?
The question you ask has nothing to do with calculus.

The subject area here is algebra and number theory.

You also ...
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