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I ANALYSE NUMBERS FOR A LIVING – AND I LOVE IT

What doors can a mathematics degree open? Sushant Adlakha from New York describes a career as a data analyst. 

My dream to be a mathematician

Senior lecturer in the mathematics department at Rhodes university, Dr Andriantiana, shares his inspiring journey to his current dream job. In this article he shares his experiences, starting with his upbringing in a small town in Madagascar to his current role

The highs and lows of my mathematics journey

Damas Mgani reflects on his relationship with mathematics throughout his life. Through sharing his struggles and how he pushed through them, coming out a better man, he hopes to inspire a positive attitude.

Odyssey

Tristan Barnard encourages young students of Mathematics to persist through challenge and hardship, to master the discipline of mind that sees all failure as part of the journey to establishing a firm foundation of understanding and to seek support from teachers and knowledgeable others.

My Journey

Sivanagi Reddy Modugula shares with the readers his motivation to do a masters program in mathematics. He highlights how mathematics has given him the skills to excel and encourages students to explore interdisciplinary fields to gain a competitive edge in the job market

Humanizing the Math Experience

For many people, math has become inaccessible because it has often been taught in a dehumanized way. This is unfortunate because people then label themselves as either “a math person” or “not a math person,” and it unnecessarily creates a stigma around mathematics. What if we could change that? How do we humanize the math experience and remove the stigma around mathematics? There are surprisingly simple answers to this question, and these solutions can have a profound impact on how math can be used to connect humans to each other and to the world around them.

Halt

A poem by Hiraeth (Pseudonym)

HOW RESEARCH SHOULD BE COMMUNICATED – a lesson learnt from COVID 19

Aishwarya Viswamitra is a student in India who writes about the frustrations she, and many other scientists, are experiencing about the public’s blind following of popular news, that has not been scientifically proven. She highlights the dangers for the public and urges scientific and educational institutions to make their information more user friendly for the public. Her piece is specifically written with Indian communities in mind but is relevant from a global perspective.

Some ideas for online assessment

Dirk Basson shares his journey of exploring relevant and effective assessment tools with online learning. He considers the underlying reasons for assessing our students and tackles some important issues.

Mathematics Assessment during the COVID-19 lockdown

When considering how to approach assessment with online learning, mathematics teachers are confronted with what its purpose should be. Jean-Pierre le Roux guides us through this important journey of assessing our assessments.

Berkley’s Critique of Calculus

In this sequel, Adam Schroeder argues that despite its pristine appearance in textbooks and the classroom, mathematics is a human endeavour, often stimulated by debate and controversy. He suggests that the critique of Isaac Newton’s work on differential calculus by the 18th century Irish philosopher, Bishop George Berkley, triggered the search for more formal methods in the foundations of differential calculus.

From fluttering and tumbling flight to stable gliding and periodic soaring

In this piece Timmy Shum takes us on a journey of mathematical reflecting during Covid.

Writers Needed for Volume 2: Stigma Around Mathematics

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The Stigma Around Mathematics

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20 March (15h00-19h00)

It was a great experience to read and edit some excellent and thought-provoking articles for this issue. I hope to continue to be a part of this wonderful team.

— Dr. Neeraja Sahasrabudhe
Editor
IISER, INDIA

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