Calculus Renewal and the World of Work

  • Paul Davis


By one sort of reckoning, 99.9% of calculus students are not deeply devoted to mathematics: Only 1 of each 1000 students who enter the hallowed halls of calculus will ever be ordained with a Ph.D. in mathematics. Accepting a lower level of holy orders as representing true devotion improves the ratios only slightly: Just 0.5% of calculus students will earn either a master’s or a doctorate in mathematics. Even if mere acolyte status—declaring an undergraduate major in mathematics—represents an adequate profession of faith, fully 93% of calculus students still remain in outer darkness.


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