A worry from Keith Devlin

The Death Of Mathematics


Are we about to see advances in mathematics come to an end? Until last year, I would have said no. Now I am not so sure.
We have,

it seems, become so accustomed to working on a keyboard, and generating nicely laid out pages, we are rapidly losing, if indeed we have not already lost, the habit—and love—of scribbling with paper and pencil. Our presentation technologies encourage form over substance. But if (free-form) scribbling goes away, then I think mathematics goes with it. You simply cannot do original mathematics at a keyboard. The cognitive load is too great.

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