Math in the news…

12-year-old autistic boy wows math professors, says he can disprove Einstein’s theory of relativity

Article on Donald McClure, executive director of the American Mathematical Society

McClure’s quote (from which he immediate backpedals) was most interesting:    “It’s kind of a philosophical question,” McClure says. “ ‘Mathematics: does it exist? Is it there, just waiting to be discovered? Or is it something that I’m creating?’ I tend to think of it as the latter.”  I disagree with McClure (I’m sure he’s disappointed).  More on that later.

Disturbing.  Girls’ misconception that math is a subject for boys may be ingrained by second grade.

 

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