Math/Maths Podcast 35 - Why Maths? Special

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A conversation about mathematics between the UK and USA from This week is a special episode in which Samuel and Peter spoke to Ruby Childs about her investigations into why some people like maths and choose to study it further, when others don't and whether we should be saying "maths is fun".

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Maths at University: Reflections on experience, practice and provision is 'Good Ideas Guide' in More Maths Grads in a Box HE Edition
Rob Eastaway: Fun subtracts from the real joy of maths
Ruby's twitter
Ruby's tumblr
BSHM Research in Progress, 2011

Peter didn't really answer the question during the podcast, but he wrote a blog post about this.

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