Making a Difference with Engineering Mathematics
By David Lovell
For the 2013 Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference
Maths is unreasonably effective in the natural sciences… so? Well I would argue that maths can only be unreasonably effective, maths can only make a difference if there are people who, after all their years of training in mathematics or biology, are still prepared to learn things outside their discipline, people who still have the humility to become a novice once again, people who accept that as the area of their knowledge grows, so too does the perimeter of their ignorance.
We need to nurture and support these kinds of thinkers if we want to ensure that mathematics makes a difference.
This presentation is dedicated to a person who has made a huge difference with mathematics: Bob Fifoot, who has taught me (and a few thousand others), maths at Lockyer District High School.