[R] The Origins of R AND CALCULUS

Richard.Cotton at hsl.gov.uk Richard.Cotton at hsl.gov.uk
Thu Feb 5 11:15:28 CET 2009

> Does any student, or teacher for that matter care whether Newton or 
> invented calculas.

Students or teachers may not care, but Newton and Leibniz themselves were 
pretty bitter about who should get credit for what.

I think this whole debate has gotten rather silly.  The original article 
was targetted at non-techies, and provided at reasonable summary of what R 
does for that audience.  The followup clarified on the history of R.  As 
for Ashley Vance's journalism, well, he's more qualified to write about 
software than most, being the former editor of The Register.  Hopefully, 
this storm-in-a-teacup will blow over soon.


Mathematical Sciences Unit


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