Does the Act of Defending Theory Make One a Theoretician?

Woops. Almost forgot to make a post today.

In the interest of getting it in under the wire, I’ll just pose the question:

Does the Act of Defending Theory Make One a Theoretician?

Would one defend theory, other than to justify one’s existence as a theoretician?

The reason that I ask is that in Suresh‘s computational geometry class today, someone asked why anyone would care about manifolds. I found myself defending theory alongside Suresh, who was also preventing me from assaulting this person for asking such an insulting question.

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4 responses to “Does the Act of Defending Theory Make One a Theoretician?

  1. Well, I am a systems administrator and definitely not a theoretician and yes I defend theory against such arguments whenever I can.

  2. adamo: I think that’s great. A lot of times, you hear people say things like:

    “Man, the things people waste their time on…”
    “Who would ever use this stuff?”

    A good answer to the second that Suresh gave is: Einstein. General relativity theory takes a lot from Riemannian geometry, which was developed decades before. Why care about general relativity theory? It makes GPS work.

  3. heck no. anymore than all these apologists for capitalism are capitalists (you have to live on your investments not your labor for that).

    theory’s only good if you want to understand things; *naturally* it’ll be taken as a waste of time by those who prefer not to…

    thank you and good day. looks like a great blog.

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