# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Class Talk", by Colin Hannaford. *New Scientist,*28 August 1999, pages 46-47.

In this opinion article, Colin Hannaford argues that an understanding ofmathematics is vital to democratic society. It's not just that people need tounderstand mathematics to be able to make sense of our increasinglytechnological world. It's also that understanding of mathematics helps peopleto express themselves clearly and logically, making them better able tocontribute positively to society. "Taught sensitively and thoughtfully, andmainly through dialogue, as the ancient Greeks intended, [mathematics] can helpunify societies," writes Hannaford.

*--- Allyn Jackson*