The Fields Medal Has Its First Female Recipient

And she's an Iranian, which I suppose I cannot help but point out with more than a little pride:As an 8-year-old, Maryam Mirzakhani used to tell herself stories about the exploits of a remarkable girl. Every night at bedtime, her heroine would become mayor, travel the world or fulfill some other grand destiny.Today, Mirzakhani — …

Liberal Arts Degrees: Myths and Facts

Myths: You will be unemployed and unemployable if you get a liberal arts degree. Facts: You will eventually make more money on average than those with professional or pre-professional degrees. But that won't be until your mid-50s, and you will still lag behind engineering, math and science graduates. Also, you will need to get more …

Quote of the Day

Diane Herrmann, the co-director of Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics and a Senior Lecturer, described Sally as “a force of nature.” Herrmann worked with Sally as a teacher, mentor and then as a colleague for the past 30 years. “He was passionately interested in mathematical education at all levels,” said Herrmann, who with Sally co-founded the …

Everyone Can Be Good at Math

Please spare me protestations to the contrary: “I’m just not a math person.” We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably are a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing …