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December 12, 1996
The mallady (pun intended) described by Doug Kaplan hits home ("Overmalled, Underschooled," Commentary, Dec. 9). While there are more than 30 fancy hotels, mega-retail and lush golf courses within 10 miles of my home, the Quonset hut where I teach mathematics is a shameful environment for the students and teachers alike. Kaplan's vivid analysis shows how political boundaries formed by cities, counties and school districts, when combined with California tax codes, work to the detriment of education.
March 23, 1999
Barbara Aspenson (letter, March 18) asks "why force algebra on an art . . . student?" Aside from any practical value of algebra to an artist (and there is quite a bit of it), let me answer thus: An art student should study mathematics because art is the study of things of great beauty, and mathematics is at the very summit of great beauty. Few works of art, for example, can match, for sheer elegance, Euclid's magnificent proof that there are an infinite number of prime numbers. Any study of great art can well begin right there.
June 15, 1998 | MICHAEL BAKER
Two San Fernando Valley schoolteachers were among 11 instructors honored by the state Board of Education for being finalists in the 1998 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching Program. Darshana Bharatkumar Shah, a science teacher at Portola Highly Gifted Magnet in Tarzana, and Enid Denise Stagg, a mathematics teacher at Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills, were among the instructors from throughout the state honored Friday in Sacramento.
April 20, 1992
Cal State Fullerton professor Harris S. Shultz, long active in efforts to make mathematics exciting to young students, has been named one of the nation's distinguished mathematics educators. The Mathematical Assn. of America honored Shultz and 28 other college and university math educators recently in this inaugural year of the awards program.
February 12, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Herbert B. Keller, 82, a professor emeritus of applied mathematics at Caltech who was known for his work in numerical analysis and large-scale scientific computing, died Jan. 26, the university announced. His family said he drowned in the hot tub at his Pasadena home. Keller joined the Caltech faculty in 1967, after spending 16 years as a research scientist and professor at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. At Caltech he became an executive officer for applied mathematics and director of the school's branch of the Center for Research on Parallel Computation.
March 17, 1997
Re "Sacramento Math Wars: Basics vs Reformists," editorial, March 9: Being a liberal Democrat, I wish I could agree with you that Delaine Eastin, the Democrat, is supporting a balanced approach, while the Republican, Janet Nicholas, only wants "a greater emphasis on basic math instruction." This is simply not true. Nicholas included mathematicians and scientists on the mathematics framework committee who recognize the need for balance, while Eastin wanted to exclude the moderates and retain the reform extremists.
July 30, 2008
Re "No gender difference found in math scores," July 25 While it appears that girls and boys show no significant differences in mathematics achievement on various standardized tests, there is a difference in the number of women who choose further learning in mathematically based fields. Women represent close to 57% of the nation's college population, yet fewer than one-third major in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Compare that with 41% of male students who choose such majors.
August 31, 2008 | Martin Weil, Washington Post
Henri Cartan, one of the world's foremost mathematicians in the last half of the 20th century, died Aug. 13 in Paris. He was 104. The cause of death was not reported. Almost all of Cartan's career was spent in France, and he was acclaimed for his research in pure mathematics, including algebra, topology and the analytic functions of complex variables. He was also an influential writer and teacher. At least two of his students won Nobel Prizes, one in economics and one in physics.
Just as the United States is launching a war on scientific illiteracy, the Soviet Union is also trying to reform science and math education--but in almost exactly the opposite direction. At a meeting Friday at Cal State Long Beach, a leader of the Soviet reform movement told U.S. educators that the Soviet system fails to educate the best and brightest science and math students. Unlike the U.S.
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