Originally Posted by Steve Jordan
Personally, I wish McNealy luck. I just wish he hadn't suggested that there have been no mathematical breakthroughs since Newton...
As someone who worked under McNealy at Sun for 11 years, I can safely say that he's prone to tossing deliberately provocative statements out there without worrying too much about 100% accuracy. I assume he means well, but sometimes I wish he were a little more thoughtful about some of the things he says.
Regarding changes in mathematics -- and especially mathematics education-- since Newton, one could do worse than to review the work done by the University of Chicago in their "Everyday Math" program: http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/educators/index.shtml
There has been a lot
of change in this area over the past few decades.