pons asinorum

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a problem that severely tests the ability of an inexperienced person

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The third way Stephen conveyed that Ruskin was unfit to comment on political economy was to highlight the latter's failure to subscribe to what was then regarded as the chief pons asinorum doctrine in political economy.
The exchange between the two men illustrates the way an overt subscription to certain methods and pons asinorum doctrines was increasingly used by reviewers from the 1860s onwards to identify scholars either as bona fide political economists or as amateurs and men of letters who needed to be excluded from the domain of political economy.
The term pons asinorum also may have arisen because the diagram used to illustrate the proof resembles a bridge, but the most common etymological explanation is, as just described, derived from the vision of the first-class mathematicians crossing the bridge and leaving the second-class asses in their wake.
Numerous examples may also be given of how the phrase pons asinorum is used informally in economics in relation to both theories and techniques.
Indeed, given the way that both Cairnes and Stephen defended Mill's fourth proposition (which is a much more appropriate expression than the anachronistic Say's Law) as a pons asinorum, it is arguable that Keynes was not attacking a straw man.
He would call it this: destroying redness the pons asinorum - bridge of asses breaking the bridges between triangles if triangles if said triangles sides are equal the angles opposite are if haruspex bends if the tip of her triangles if I tri I tried it in ordinary language: copying L.
In short, this volume, as befits an edition for the Henry Bradshaw Society 'for the editing of rare liturgical texts', is not meant to provide the pons asinorum for Anglo-Saxonists which I was hoping for, but a properly edited collectar for use of liturgists to be seen by them alongside other collectars of Anglo-Saxon and continental provenance.