### Fuzzy math humor -- the calculator

Well, it would be humorous if it weren't so sad -- and true.

From the Weapons of Math Destruction archives....

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Well, it would be humorous if it weren't so sad -- and true.

From the Weapons of Math Destruction archives....

## 3 Comments:

Calculators don't think--they compute. Humans think when they take the calculations and put the numbers to use.

Dear Anonymous,

If you're suggesting that using calculators is an acceptable replacement for mastering basic math facts, then we'll have to agree to disagree. (See today's posting for some links that might explain where my view comes from....)

Quick recall of math facts makes life so much easier as the math concepts get more difficult (think algebra and trigonometry).

Thanks for your comment! I'm sure the debate will rage on....

Regarding anonymous' comment, calculator use can obscure what the mathematical operation is. It is not unusual to meet students so overdependent on calculators that they cannot compute the problem 0.5/0.2 by hand.

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