Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Does Math Matter Anymore?", by Eric Haseltine. Discover, October 2002, pages 56-61.

This is an excerpt from a roundtable discussion sponsored by Discover and the National Science Foundation. The article's author is the moderator and is joined by John Horton Conway, Keith Devlin, Michael Hawley, Brenda Dietrich, Alan Chodos, George Andrews, and Sheila Tobias. Although not stated explicitly, it appears that all of the panelists agree that the answer to the question posed in the article's title is yes, so the discussion deals with how and what math should be taught. Naturally, there is no definitive answer given, but the differing viewpoints presented are worth reading.

--- Mike Breen