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"Even lowly worms do calculus ....[Roundworms] take a derivative to figure out how much a given quantity [such as saltiness, as detected by taste] is changing at a certain point in space and time, and adjust their behavior accordingly. If worms can do calculus, human beings simply have no excuse for avoiding it. I think scientists have a valid point when they bemoan the fact that it's socially acceptable in our culture to be utterly ignorant of math, whereas it is a shameful thing to be illiterate. We could all be just a little bit mathier .... We ought to have some basic understanding of how math in general, and calculus in particular, fits into our cultural framework, and be able to look at a rudimentary equation without breaking into a cold sweat. It is an integral part of our history, after all."--SCIENCE WRITER JENNIFER OUELLETTE, IN HER 2010 BOOK THE CALCULUS DIARIES (PENGUIN BOOKS)

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Date:Nov 6, 2010
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