Category Archives: Commentary

Do smart people choose to study mathematics, or does mathematics make all who study it smart?

In a recent Café Scientifique at the Royal Society, Matthew Inglis (Loughborough University) discussed evidence in favor of both views. For centuries, mathematicians have maintained that studying mathematics makes you better at a whole range of other logical and problem-solving tasks, so that studying mathematics should be encouraged in all people, not just those who […]

Colliding with science

Even though the attempt to understand and control the world is one of the oldest human endeavours, the everyday life of a scientist remains a mystery to most people. What exactly happens when someone decides to start a science career? How do they transform into full-fledged researchers expected to produce new knowledge? And —a question […]