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Because it is so different from the general image the general public has of the nature of science and maths (I don't recall it being mentioned during my education :-)), and, has been noted here, even many scientists do not like to acknowledge the creative/intuitive nature of their work.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2008 at 12:56:20 PM EST
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As Sam has mentioned perviously, we come from a college background where drinking in the pursuit of theorems was a semi-serious  strategy. I just find this whole part of the discussion culturally weird.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2008 at 12:58:49 PM EST
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It is remarkable that the general public has the wrong idea about the nature of science and maths?

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2008 at 12:59:33 PM EST
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A big factor is that a vast majority of people in the written press have arts degrees, and are activly disinterested in science. Unless you are reading more specific science press, the quality of science reporting is poor.

On top of this you have a vast amount of celebrity reporting that compresses the space that's available for other reporting. The vast increase in the number of TV channels also allows people to avoid any exposure to science.

why is Science that important to the average person when Brittneys got no underwear on?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2008 at 01:15:25 PM EST
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And elegance as a criteria for suggesting truth in mathematics is a widely known heuristic, surely? Not that it always works, but people are extra suspicious of inelegant hacked together proofs.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2008 at 01:00:09 PM EST
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