Prof. Cheryl Praeger (University of Western Australia) discusses the lack of understanding of the importance of mathematics in all aspects of life and the problems surrounding the lack of Australian mathematics and statistics graduates and the wide ranging impact from school to industry.
"The generality and power of mathematics may unwittingly contribute to the invisibility of the mathematical sciences to the community at large. Even though the application of mathematics and statistics provides tangible benefits to all areas of life, those areas, and those sectors of the economy, each have their own names: modelling climate change, secure communications, imaging, defence research, the human genome project. The list is endless, and most do not clearly identify themselves as involving a high level of mathematics."
Maths subtracted from the equation
The Australian, 26 May 2010
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