Link to Guardian Review

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3 Responses to “Link to Guardian Review”

  1. peter said on

    Let me say how strongly I support your views of competition, Susan (as examplified in the playing of tennis). One of the great frustrations of my childhood was having aptitude and skill for mathematics, yet my math teachers insisting on my doing puzzles, games, tests of mental arithmetic, etc, and entering mathematics competitions. I found the competitive elements of these activities morally repulsive and divisive, and still do. At university, where I did a degree in pure mathematics, I learnt that large swathes of the discipline are dominated by a macho, dog-eat-dog, take-no-prisoners culture – like, perhaps, the very competitive worlds of violin soloists and operatic tenors. I always felt that doing mathematics should be a collaborative activity, akin to playing in an orchestra, and I always got most pleasure from collaboration, not competition. I discovered that some parts of the discipline (eg, mathematical statistics, computing and artificial intelligence) are far more co-operative than are the traditional areas, and it is into these areas that I took my career.

  2. Susan Tomes said on

    That’s very interesting, Peter. I hadn’t realised that mathematics has its own equivalent of competitive versus collaborative aspects.

  3. peter said on

    Thanks, Susan. I have now blogged about my views here:

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