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What’s the point of a university?

I’m currently on a train heading to London and so am taking the time to do emails and tasks like that. I didn’t get a chance to post last week as I’ve been very busy with other stuff like writing and assessing exams. This week is not much better – a meeting with a publisher in London (not to do with my books though) and a talk at the NAMA conference on Friday.

Anyhow, I saw an article over the weekend on universities, not directly relevant to mathematics but obviously the health of mathematics depends on universities – after all, very few people will employ pure mathematicians to do pure mathematics.

The article is rather lacking in good examples (such as why we need to fund mathematics via universities!) and as it is an excerpt from a book maybe that is an unfair criticism – the book may have the examples. The article can be found here.

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