Andrew Hacker’s New York Times Op-Ed
A few days ago, Andrew Hacker, an author and former Professor of political science at Queens College in New York City, created quite a stir with a New York Times Op-Ed entitled Is Algebra Necessary, where he argues that it is no longer necessary to expect the vast majority . . . → Read More: Algebra is essential in a 21st century economy
In a remarkable New York Times Op-Ed, former climate change skeptic Richard Muller of the University of California, Berkeley, declares not only that global warming is real, but also that “humans are almost entirely the cause.” This is an even stronger statement than that of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which in its 2007 . . . → Read More: A former climate-change skeptic now agrees most warming is caused by humans
Mathematicians and parents
We, the present authors (DHB, from USA, and JMB, from Australia) are research mathematicians/ computer scientists. We are also the proud fathers of seven adult daughters, and a gamut of grandchildren of whom the the oldest is starting school.
Together with our spouses, we have attended a multitude of PTA meetings, sports . . . → Read More: The uneven preparation of K-12 math teachers
Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN facility on the French-Swiss border today confirmed what many have suspected over the past few months — they have discovered a new subatomic particle that appears to be the long-sought Higgs boson, which is widely regarded as the key to why some elementary particles . . . → Read More: Higgs discovery underscores effectiveness of mathematical theory