THE CENTRAL ASSOCIATION OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS TEACHERS AND ITS LOCAL CENTERS

W. A. Fiske
1905 School Science and Mathematics  
Aside from these points the paper criticised the lax use of such statements as "Two parallel lines meet at infinity," or "A straight line always cuts a circle in two points," etc. Such statements, unexplained, were characterized as an abuse of English and common sense. This paper aroused a spirited discussion. Many elementary text-books are extremely illogical in their treatment of these subjects. It was urged that high school students should not be burdened more than necessary with these
more » ... ons. But it was also pointed out that the term infinity, when properly defined, can be used as rigorously as any word in the language, and that it serves a use with which mathemaics cannot afford to dispense.
doi:10.1111/j.1949-8594.1905.tb04542.x fatcat:slqu76yi5recjoueou2vcz7aau