No Mathemagician


May 21, 2003

Posted by: Melissa Anelli | Comments


According to the National Post, Canadian mathematician Dr. Ivar Ekeland blames Harry Potter, at least in part, for the decline in children’s interest in the sciences. Ekeland “says the magic and sorcery glorified by the popular books discourage children from wanting to understand the real world through science.” The article notes that mathematician Jonathan Borwein “feels the Potter books should also be lauded for getting boys to read.” (Editor’s Note: Astronomy is a science. Herbology is akin to Biology; Potions to Chemistry. I assume Arithmancy includes math of some sort… ah yes, here we are…)

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