|Re: Desert island calc?|
Message #13 Posted by I, Claudius on 2 Nov 2005, 7:26 a.m.,
in response to message #12 by Tim Wessman
First rational response to an inane hypothetical situation.
I remember a calculus professor, who, in banning all calculators, rationalized it by saying "What if you found yourself on a desert island and had to calculate something?" I jumped through his hoop, but have never forgotten how utterly ridiculous the idea was. If one's situation has deteriorated to desert isle status, you're probably going to be more concerned with basic survival, not calculating anything.
So, the moral is, always take two of your favorite machine, whatever it is, wherever you go. And yes, pour a large libation to the calculator God, so you will always have the service of your faithful machine