Wed, 11 Feb 1998 15:25:56 -0500
> Between a mathematician and a domain expert, the domain expert is
> laid off, because that mathematician: she can really do more jobs.
A "mathematician" maybe. A math major, no.
Exit here to skip rambling examples.
I once took a page full of integrals of trig and polynomials to at least
five math majors where I was working at the time, to check my work. ALL
of them said they had forgotten how to do that long ago (except one, who
never got around to actually checking it. So I said, what the hey, and
put it into the code, and it worked. After it had been returning
apparently correct answers for several weeks, someone complained that
there was a subtraction where there should have been an addition in the
original. This was first year calculus--which my BSCS from "Degrees R Us"
did not include. I just looked up two items in a table of integrals, and
used my high school algebra to derive the rest.
(I also had two senior domain engineers tell me before I started that it
was impossible to calculate the values I was trying to get.)