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Seymour Papert, Mindstorms

GAL’s idea [that looking at one two-pound object as made up of two one-pound objects, that a whole can be seen as additively made up of whatever parts we care to divide it up into] is powerful and is part of the intellectual toolkit of every modern mathematician, physicist or engineer. But one would not know this from looking at textbooks. GAL’s idea is not given a name, it is not attributed to a historical scientist, it is passed over in silence by teachers