prize lecture

Nerenberg Lecture: It IS Rocket Science (Steve MacLean)

Probably everyone connected with mathematics knows that revealing your con- nection leads to reactions like: “Eeew, mathematics; I was never any good at that in school.” It’s like announcing that you have some communicable disease. Com- plementary to this is the expression, “well, it’s not rocket science,” meaning that you, dummy, should be able to understand it, because it is not beyond you like, um, mathematics is.