Denkyo Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi, who arrived in Los Angeles 50 years ago, found a way to dress Buddhism in ‘American clothes.’
Zen master turns 105.
So what does Zen tell us about math? What is the Art of Zen Peano Axioms?
Peano Axioms are Zen like. Each Peano Axioms tell us a property of the successor function, except for the first that 0 is a natural number. The others are about the links from one natural to another. The links are the successor function. We have 1 axiom about natural numbers only, and 4 about their links. A social to individual ratio of 4 to 1.
Zen warns of the Monkey Mind. Math Democracy lessons are the Monkey Mind let loose in math education. In Monkey Mind Math, whatever idea enters our head is presented as equally important to any other idea.
The Peano Axioms are the opposite of Monkey Mind Math Ed. We start from the beginning. We do one thing at a time. When we finish one thing, it is finished. When we define addition, addition is defined. When we prove the addition we defined is associativity, then addition is associative.
We do not need applications of the associative law to understand it or make it so.
Applications are the Monkey Mind. Peano Axioms are the Zen Mind.
The Peano Axioms are already Zen. Math Democracy and Applications are already Monkey Mind.
The existing school system is all Monkey Mind Drills.
To teach math, the schools must switch to Zen Math. Zen Math is the Peano Axioms. Zeano Axioms. Zeano Zaxioms.
Zeno’s Paradox is also Zen. So we see that the best of Greek math and Italian German math is already Zen. Japan, Italy and Germany, back together again. But this time, the Axis of Zen Axioms.
With Peano Axiom Addition, there is no try, there is just do.