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Just as PrimeFan has been awarded a Barnstar of Excellence in Wikipedia, so too I award him one for PlanetMath. His espousal of elementary mathematics and integer literals is an excellent expression of American patriotism.

Currently, the United States lags behind most countries in mathematics and science. I blame the elitism of the boys' club for this, which keeps women and ethnic minorities out of the sciences and mathematics by means of aggressive knowledge encryption, mystification of middle-level mathematical topics and repudiation of elementary math. Many men who achieve an understanding of advanced mathematical topics wish those of undesirable minorities from joining their pantheon.

PrimeFan has done excellent work in counteracting this elitist tendency, which would certainly hurt America as women increasingly outnumber men and need to be educated in math and science in order to compete in the global marketplace.

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