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What she said was ''On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White,"
Mathematics during the Golden Age of Islam, especially during the 9th and 10th centuries, was built on Greek mathematics (Euclid, Archimedes, Apollonius) and Indian mathematics (Aryabhata, Brahmagupta). Important progress was made, such as the full development of the decimal place-value system to include decimal fractions, the first systematised study of algebra (named for The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing by scholar Al-Khwarizmi), and advances in geometry and trigonometry.
originally posted by: Metallicus
a reply to: TerryMcGuire
What she said was ''On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White,"
However, as many people have stated on this very thread; mathematics and indeed innovation in mathematics is anything but white and in fact her statement is completely false.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: TerryMcGuire
Math is the least racial or privileged thing out there.
I would submit to you that she simply found it hard and decided that it was because of white privilege because she didn't want to admit she found it hard.
And that is not casting aspersions on her intellect. You know what? I found geometry hard too, but I was aware it was because *I* wasn't getting it. I didn't blame it on most mathematicians who discovered important principles being male and thus math is gender biased.
I read it as seeing that the famous and lesser famous generally are white. Just like how there are few female mathematicians. Perhaps not nowadays but back then they would credit more to white mathematicians and scientists than to the black and/or female ones. Not that long ago even female mathematicians and scientists are viewed with contempt.
originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
a reply to: Deaf Alien
I read it as seeing that the famous and lesser famous generally are white. Just like how there are few female mathematicians. Perhaps not nowadays but back then they would credit more to white mathematicians and scientists than to the black and/or female ones. Not that long ago even female mathematicians and scientists are viewed with contempt.
And that is what that professor was speaking to, this long held misconception that only white men have superior math ability. The perfect example of what you point out is that book and movie Hidden Figures. A story about the white male structure within NASA that held those women to subservient roles do to that very racial and sexual biases.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: TerryMcGuire
I don't think anyone on this thread thinks that.
I do think she thinks that though. If she didn't, she wouldn't have bothered to bring it up.
originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: TerryMcGuire
I don't think anyone on this thread thinks that.
I do think she thinks that though. If she didn't, she wouldn't have bothered to bring it up.
Right. No one here believes that. You, or me, or anyone else. The misconception here from what I am reading is that people think that the professor does. THAT is the misconception of this thread.
originally posted by: ketsuko
originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: TerryMcGuire
I don't think anyone on this thread thinks that.
I do think she thinks that though. If she didn't, she wouldn't have bothered to bring it up.
Right. No one here believes that. You, or me, or anyone else. The misconception here from what I am reading is that people think that the professor does. THAT is the misconception of this thread.
Someone who spends all their time trying to figure out how to blame race for everything clearly has no racial issues at all.
originally posted by: Deaf Alien
originally posted by: ketsuko
originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: TerryMcGuire
I don't think anyone on this thread thinks that.
I do think she thinks that though. If she didn't, she wouldn't have bothered to bring it up.
Right. No one here believes that. You, or me, or anyone else. The misconception here from what I am reading is that people think that the professor does. THAT is the misconception of this thread.
Someone who spends all their time trying to figure out how to blame race for everything clearly has no racial issues at all.
Who's trying to blame race on this?