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Practical maths—a response to Marcus Du Sautoy

Is it an abstract subject that develops analytical thinking,or a utilitarian subject?

By Wendy Jones  

A child takes a maths exam ©David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

This is the full-length version of a letter that appeared in our August 2016 issue. It is a response to a recent Prospect piece in which Marcus Du Sautoy explained what he would do if he ruled the world. 

Marcus du Sautoy exposes the confusion in society’s expectations of maths teaching (“If I ruled the world”, June). Is it an abstract subject that develops analytical thinking or a utilitarian…

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