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TitleMathematics Tomorrow [electronic resource] / edited by Lynn Arthur Steen
ImprintNew York, NY : Springer New York, 1981
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-8127-3
Descript VI, 250 p. online resource

SUMMARY

Mathematics today is approaching a state of cnSIS. As the demands of science and society for mathematical literacy increase, the percentage of American college students intending to major in mathematics plummets and achievement scores of entering college students continue thelt unremitยญ ting decline. As research in core mathematics reaches unprecedented heights of power and sophistication, the growth of diverse applied specialยญ ties threatens to fragment mathematics into distinct and frequently hostile mathematical sciences. These crises in mathematics presage difficulties for science and engineerยญ ing, and alarms are beginning to sound in the scientific and even in the political communities. Citing a trend towards "virtual scientific and technoยญ logical illiteracy" and a "shrinking of our national commitment to excelยญ lence . . . in science, mathematics and technology," a recent study conยญ ducted for the President by the U. S. National Science Foundation and Department of Education warns of serious impending shortcomings in public understanding of science. "Today people in a wide range of nonยญ scientific . . . professions must have a greater understanding of technology than at any time in our history. Yet our educational system does not now provide such understanding. " The study goes on to conclude that present trends pose great risk of manpower shortages in the mathematical and engineering sciences. "The pool from which our future scientific and engineering personnel can be drawn is . . . in danger of becoming smaller, even as the need for such personnel is increasing. " It is time to take a serious look at mathematics tomorrow


CONTENT

What Is Mathematics? -- Applied Mathematics Is Bad Mathematics -- Solving Equations Is Not Solving Problems -- The Unexpected Art of Mathematics -- Redefining the Mathematics Major -- Purity in Applications -- Growth and New Intuitions: Can We Meet the Challenge? -- Teaching and Learning Mathematics -- Avoiding Math Avoidance -- Learning Mathematics -- Teaching Mathematics -- Read the Masters! -- Mathematics as Propaganda -- Mathematicians Love Books -- A Faculty in Limbo -- Juniorโ{128}{153}s All Grown Up Now -- NSF Support for Mathematics Education -- Issues of Equality -- The Real Energy Crisis -- Women and Mathematics -- Spatial Separation in Family Life: A Mathematicianโ{128}{153}s Choice -- Mathematics for Tomorrow -- Applications of Undergraduate Mathematics -- The Decline of Calculusโ{128}{148}The Rise of Discrete Mathematics -- Mathematical Software: How to Sell Mathematics -- Physics and Mathematics -- Readinโ{128}{153}, โ{128}{152}Ritinโ{128}{153}, and Statistics -- Mathematization in the Sciences


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