NCM news 2009: November

Without maths we're lost in a dark labyrinth It's the glue that binds scientific and artistic cultures. The language of number and symmetry is spoken everywhere.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/a...

That proficiency is measured on tests, but the far-reaching effects of play don't show up in answers to multiple-choice questions. They show up in life.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/20/AR200911...

The early learning challenge: Raising the bar - Secretary Arne Duncan's remarks at the National association for the education of young children annual conference.
http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/2009/11/11182009.html

President Obama launches "Educate to innovate" campaign for excellence in science, engineering, technology and math education
http://traceyricksfoster.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/president-obama-launch...

Duncan Endorses Efforts to Improve STEM Education
http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/11/11232009.html

White House Pushes Science and Math Education
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/23/education/23educ.html?_r=1

It may be no accident that, while some of the best American mathematical minds worked to solve one of the century's hardest problems-the Poincaré Conjecture-it was a Russian mathematician working in Russia who, early in this decade, finally triumphed. Russia's conquering zeros. The strength of post-Soviet math stems from decades of lonely productivity
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870374000457451387049083647...

Perfect rigor: A genius and the mathematical breakthrough of the century
http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Rigor-Mathematical-Breakthrough-Century/dp...

A principled genius
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/725122--a-mad-principled-genius