Re: Sad textbooks. Bring on selfdebugging hypertext (where? where?)...

From: John Marlow (
Date: Mon Jan 22 2001 - 20:23:32 MST

Comment from Richard Feynman, and a few links of interest on bad
textbooks and efforts to correct:

john marlow

"That's the way all the books were: They said things that were
useless, mixed-up, ambiguous, confusing, and partially incorrect. How
anybody can learn science from these books, I don't know, because
it's not science."
- {HYPERLINK ""}Dr. Richard
Feynman, in "Surely you're Joking, Mr. Feynman"

Apparently, most of the books still ARE that way...

On 22 Jan 2001, at 20:28, Technotranscendence wrote:

> On Sunday, January 14, 2001 4:37 PM Michael M. Butler
> wrote:
> >
> No wonder Americans are so bad at geography!:)
> What I recommend is that anyone on this list who has kids in school actually
> look over the textbooks for errors. If you find any, point them out to your
> child and the teacher. Even go so far, if you have time, to point them out
> to the school board or whatever body controls the schools. Also, a letter
> to the publisher might also go along way to rectifying the problem.
> No incentive to do all this? Well, those scared of nanotechnology, just
> think what might happen if someone gets his or her figures out of a bad
> textbook. Might not created gray goo, but just might.:) Those afraid of
> AI, apply the same reasoning.:)
> Cheers!
> Daniel Ust
> Film recommendation: "The Color of Paradise."

John Marlow

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