Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Powers to the people": Interview with Robert Moses, by Michael Bond. New Scientist, 19 April 2003, pages 40-43.

A veteran of the battle for voting rights for blacks in the 1960s, Robert Moses now heads a mathematical literacy campaign in Boston. His program, the Algebra Project, has reached more than 40,000 school children. This interview explores Moses's educational philosophy and some of the challenges he faces in trying to raise mathematical understanding among disadvantaged youth. "[A]t the cutting edge of today's economic system you need knowledge of computers and their context," Moses says. "You need to be able to encode and decode information that contains quantitative data." This is why learning mathematics is especially important for young people today.

--- Allyn Jackson