**Extract:**

Timothy Gowers (Professor of Math, Cambridge, Fields Medalist)

**Extract:**

Timothy Gowers (Professor of Math, Cambridge, Fields Medalist)

Michael Gove, the UK’s Secretary of State for Education, has expressed a wish to see almost all school pupils studying mathematics in one form or another up to the age of 18… 9,961 more words

This post from the estimable "Gowers's Weblog" passed me by when it was originally published in 2012, but I saw the link on Twitter and decided to repost it here because it's still topical..

Quoted from Princeton University Press

461 more wordsThis is a one-of-a-kind reference for anyone with a serious interest in mathematics. Edited by Timothy Gowers, a recipient of the Fields Medal, it presents nearly two hundred entries, written especially for this book by some of the world’s leading mathematicians, that introduce basic mathematical tools and vocabulary; trace the development of modern mathematics; explain essential terms and concepts; examine core ideas in major areas of mathematics; describe the achievements of scores of famous mathematicians; explore the impact of mathematics on other disciplines such as biology, finance, and music–and much, much more.