[Haskell-cafe] Off-topic: Mathematics and modesty

KC kc1956 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 30 21:21:43 CEST 2011

He said "Trying to distinguish first between knowledgeable, wise,
guru, wizard, etc." before asking the actual mathematics related

Beware: the expert
"X" is an unknown quantity
"spert" is a drip under pressure

On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 12:16 PM, Chris Smith <cdsmith at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-08-30 at 20:58 +0200, Jerzy Karczmarczuk wrote:
>> With all my respect:
>> I think I know several mathematicians who learning that a person asking
>> for help begins with trying to distinguish  between knowledgeable, and
>> those who just think they are, will simply - to say it politely - refuse
>> to engage.
> I don't agree with this.  It's the most natural thing in the world to
> listen to an answer and then try to figure out whether the speaker knows
> what they are talking about or not.  Those who expect us to forego that
> step aren't really engaged in mathematics any more.
> --
> Chris Smith
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