During my past week off celebrating the holidays, while perusing my Facebook feed, two articles that popped up that made me very dismayed about the state of mathematical understanding. The second story was from an incident just last week, where a trucker destroyed a historic bridge because she drove her semi-truck onto the bridge. Clearly there is a lot of math misunderstanding going on here! What these two stories brought up for me is the need for teachers to really provide context to mathematical problems. Or, as the trucker actually asked — how many pounds is 6 tons?
He even tried his hand at presenting in the recent programme investigating whether maths really is the language of the universe, which you can listen to here. Tom completed his PhD in applied maths at the University of Cambridge in , where he conducted experiments looking at where river water goes when it enters the ocean. You can read more about his PhD thesis here. Before his PhD, Tom spent four years studying maths at the University of Oxford and was recently interviewed by the Oxford Alumni Voices podcast about his time there. He currently has 6 maths-themed tattoos including the Navier-Stokes equations, the platonic solids and the first digits of the number e.
A mathematician is someone who uses an extensive knowledge of mathematics in his or her work, typically to solve mathematical problems. Mathematics is concerned with numbers , data , quantity , structure , space , models , and change. One of the earliest known mathematicians was Thales of Miletus c. The number of known mathematicians grew when Pythagoras of Samos c. The first woman mathematician recorded by history was Hypatia of Alexandria AD -
One of the authors created and posted a video describing the paper, which you can view here. Before we go into the details of the paper, we need a bit of context. For that reason, this post is split into three parts. The authors of the above paper fall prey to this disingenuous line of thought, by proclaiming stereotype threat is an insufficient explanation but not offering any alternative explanations.