Britain’s maths policy simply doesn’t add up – but neither does overstating the importance of maths

posted by Xavier Connolly

As an engineer, mathematics has been an important part of my career but I have always been aware that it is a tool. In the past there have been many attempts to develop a ‘philosophy of everything’ base on mathematical speculations that took maths into areas it was never designed to go, areas of human thought and enquiry that rightly belong to philosophers. This talk of mathematicians being creative jarrs with me somewhat, inventors, engineers, designers are creative. Mathematics is just part of our tool kit.

Britain’s maths policy simply doesn’t add up – but neither does overestimating the importance of maths

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