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Truth and clarity in arithmetic
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-25, 23:02 authored by Holmes, WN
This essay outlines the cultural damage that computing technology has done to everyday arithmetic and its teaching in schools, especially in the design of commodity calculators, and shows how good arithmetic could be easily implemented.
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