Name a Living Mathematician
Recently, the New York Times reported a survey of Americans, where only 4% could name a living scientist....the most common response (47%) being Einstein, who died in 1955.
Then, the New York Times offered a multiplechoice quiz "Name That Scientist". No mathematicians are involved, though the name Terrance Tao does appear as a detractor.
It is a "revealing" quiz you should take. I hope you do better than I did!
Another thought, perhaps I will put together a "Name That Mathematician" quiz...can you name a living mathematician?
Note: The quiz would avoid technicalities as to what defines a mathematician...the fact that you balance a checkbook does not make you a mathematician...and all current precollege mathematics teachers (and most college math professors) would be eliminated as well.
