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28 August 2013

CRUMMY OLD WINE DEPT: Bob shares his thoughts with Scientific American

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Date: Fri,  4 Feb 94 16:13:50 PST
To: Fun_People
Subject: The Death of Proof

From: vangogh.CS.Berkeley.EDU!bostic 
(Keith Bostic)
From: letters to the editors
From: January 1994 issue of 
Scientific American

Hey, man, thanks a lot for "The Death of 
Proof."  What my buddies down the hall 
liked best was what you said about how us
students don't relate to proofs. We don't.
They're real hard, and I don't think we 
should have to do them, not when you can
get the same stuff from those neat color
videos. The Grateful Dead likes them too!

If you guys keep writing neat stories like
this about how math is getting easier and 
so much cooler, maybe us guys will take some
more math courses and maybe even become real
mathematicians, 'cause it looks like a real 
neat job now and not boring like I always
thought because of all those numbers and
equations and stuff.

Beavis and Butt-head say hi.

Bob Merkin
Northampton, Mass.

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