[Haskell-cafe] In what language...?
Alexander Solla
ajs at 2piix.com
Tue Oct 26 19:55:21 EDT 2010
On Oct 26, 2010, at 4:21 PM, Richard O'Keefe wrote:
> Number theory would probably be out
> except maybe in a 2nd or 3rd year course leading to cryptography.
Number theory is one of those weird cases. They are discrete
structures, but advanced number theory uses a lot of complex analysis
and "calculus" on other complete spaces, like the p-adics.
Difference equations show up in Knuth's "Concrete Mathematics", his
tome on discrete mathematics. The theory of difference equations is
the discrete analogue to the theory of differential equations.
Surprisingly, the continuous/differential case is more general, since
integral solutions can be modeled by constant functions.
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