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From: "Reg Edwards"
Subject: Re: output impedance
Date: Sat, 9 Nov 2002 22:20:58 +0000 (UTC)
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> Sixty years experience of what, exactly? Being the loud mouthed bin
> at the back of the workshop? If you really do have experience (and I
> you do) you've even been using the theorem quoted, probably without having
> to think of it.
Perfectly correct. You've made my point. Theorems are unnecessary. They
need not exist.
I must have been using theorems and using them correctly without ever having
heard of the people who apparently became famous by giving their names to
them in the various 'bibles'.
To mention just the name of a theorem (whatever it is) parrot-fashion, in
support of a personal argument conveys no additional information. If
anything it conveys only a lack of self confidence, a sense of insecurity in
the person trying to prove or demonstrate something, or he feels under
50% of people who refer to 'theorems' misunderstand them anyway and so
inadvertently misquote them. Or mention them in the wrong context. They
unconsciously attempt to bathe in the glory of predecessors. At least they
have heard of the thing somewhere and demonstrate a reasonably good memory.
Theorem names are useful for lecturers to hand out to students as reminders
of what to swat up just before examinations. They therefore restrict the
region of study. All is reduced to automatic thought processes where one
little error can lead to a catastrophy . In working life a thorough
understanding of a subject has no need of them.
99.99% of people receiving a 'theorem' on a newsgroup, sensing the foregoing
don't bother to look it up even if they possess a reference book where there
might be a probability of finding its name in the index. They are fairly
certain what they might learn is not worth the effort of getting out of the
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