Sudoku craze ‘could revive interest in mathematics’

The Sudoku craze could spur renewed interest among young people in mathematics, according to the nation’s top mathematician.

Poor numeracy, the parlous state of mathematics education and lack of suitably-qualified teachers have concerned many great minds including that of Sir Michael Atiyah, the winner of the Abel Prize, mathematics’ equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

Although Sudoku is a far cry from Sir Michael’s work on the ‘Atiyah-Singer index theorem’, one of the great landmarks of 20th century mathematics, he believes that the puzzle could kindle more interest in the subject among young people.

‘All kinds of mathematical games are a good thing,’ said Sir Michael, who was speaking to mark his appointment today as the new President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

From The Telegraph

 

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