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NSF and Discover Magazine Roundtable Discussion: Does Math Matter?

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The panelists at NSF/Discover Magazine roundtable are (left to right): Eric Haseltine, Brenda Dietrich, George Andrews, Keith Devlin, Michael Hawley, John Conway, and Alan Chodos.
Photo: Peter West/National Science Foundation

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 by teleconference.

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Panel moderator Eric Haseltine.


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Brenda Dietrich and George Andrews.

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Keith Devlin and Michael Hawley.


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Keith Devlin, Michael Hawley, John Conway, and Alan Chodos.

All photos: Peter West/National Science Foundation




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