Is it possible to write a competent newspaper article about math?


5 Responses to “Is it possible to write a competent newspaper article about math?”

  1. Greg Kuperberg Says:

    Yes! The Times has recovered its stride with this good article.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I liked the emphasis the article put on the IMO. If people in North America were more excited about it (and the IOI, of course), we would have fewer super-smart guys trying to set records for how fast you can finish highschool and college (essentially out of boredom).

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  4. Ari Says:

    I was also really impressed by this article. I work in a field that involves a lot of differential geometry/topology, and it’s a constant struggle to tell friends/family “what I do.” Even my grandma could understand what the Poincare conjecture and Ricci flows are about after reading this article. I thought their lay description of compactness was also fantastic. Well done, NYT!

  5. Greg Kuperberg Says:

    What I really liked about the article, if anyone is still reading this thread, is that it accepted that pure mathematics is interesting for its own sake. It did not co-opt the math with physics, computer science, chaology, art, human interest, or math education.