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From: Jonathan Franklin (franklin.jonathan_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-02-26 16:15:51

On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 2:09 PM, John Phillips <
phillips_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> Johan Råde wrote:
> > Don't you think a Bessel function is somehow more "mathematical" than
> the isnormal function?
> >
> > --Johan
> >
> No, but that may be a function of my personal view of mathemmatics.
> isnormal is a set classification function, and as such has a long and
> important history in mathematics. It isn't what most non-mathematicians
> think of when they consider mathematical functions, but many very
> important mathematical advances that happened before the advent of
> computers were based around such classification functions. isnormal in
> specific isn't a classification rule that I expect would have been used
> before digital computers, but the underlying model of functions that
> trace what is and is not included in a set is an old one in mathematics.

Excellent points, though I'll refrain from making any judgement calls as to
what is more "mathematical". I know too many different flavors of
mathematician. Is Analysis more "mathematical" than Combinatorics, or
<insert your mathematical discipline here>?


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