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Susan Salter Reynolds"There is increasing evidence,' writes Thomas G. West, . . . 'that many highly original and productive thinkers have clearly preferred visual over verbal modes of thought.' West argues that our traditional letter- and-number-based education . . .. has changed little from that of the medieval clerks. 'Written language is a technology,' he claims, and technologies change: '[T]he kind of brain that lends itself poorly to an old technology may be just what is wanted with a new technology.' West doesn't mean television and other information-poor screen-based technologies; he means the visual literacy of patterns and the creative use of computer graphics, which, he argues, will put an end to the tiresome, age-old tension between word and image. Computers in the classroom, he writes, allow students to 'move rapidly on to high-level conceptual matters and a variety of practical problems,' as opposed to such old-fashioned exercises as calculus sets and memorization. These are path-breaking essays. . . . "
—Los Angeles Times Book Review, December 12, 2004, p. R11