On June 11, 2002, the National Science Foundation and Discover Magazine brought together a panel of experts for a roundtable discussion of the significance of mathematics today.
The panelists addressed such questions as, "In an age of computers and calculators, who needs to know math?" and "Does anyone use his or her knowledge of solid geometry, trigonometry, or calculus?" Eric Haseltine, Executive Vice President of Research and Development for Walt Disney Imagineering, moderated the discussion.
The panelists were Keith Devlin, Executive Director
of the Center for the Study of Language & Information;
Brenda Dietrich, Department Manager, Mathematical
Sciences at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center;
Alan Chodos, Associate Executive Officer of the American
Physical Society; Michael Hawley, Director of Special
Projects and Founder of Massachusetts Institute of
Technology's Go Expedition; John Conway, Professor
of Mathematics at Princeton University; and Sheila
Tobias, author of Overcoming Math Anxiety, participating