The importance of precision *or* Why are mathematicians so picky? « Not About Apples

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Mathematicians have a highly developed language for precisely dealing with ideas, and we can get awfully insistent that others share our level of nuance for even simple mathematical objects.  Your math teachers probably seemed unreasonably fussy about minor computation errors, or wording your answers in a way that was not, strictly speaking, true.  Why is that?

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