Guess Who Is Stronger in Math?

Is he better at math?

Is she better at math?

Two articles on a subject dear to my heart: the first is a summary by a journalist, the second is the original academic article.  Before you get excited, remember that the plural of anecdote is not evidence.  I think that applies to academic articles, too. Click on the links for the articles

Written by a Journalist

From io9

There really is no difference between men and women’s math abilities

By Alasdair Wilkins

http://io9.com/5867401/there-really-is-no-difference-between-men-and-womens-math-abilities

Written by two academics

From the pages of Notices of the American Mathematical Society

JANUARY 2012 NOTICES OF THE AMS            10         VOLUME 59, NUMBER 1

 Debunking Myths about Gender and Mathematics Performance

Jonathan M. Kane and Janet E. Mertz

http://www.ams.org/notices/201201/rtx120100010p.pdf

The Notices is the world’s most widely read magazine aimed at professional mathematicians.

As the membership journal of the American Mathematical Society, the Notices is sent to the approximately 30,000 AMS members worldwide, one-third of whom reside outside the United States. It appears monthly except for a combined June/July issue in the summer.

By publishing high-level exposition, the Notices provides opportunities for mathematicians and students of mathematics to find out what is going on in the field. Each issue contains one or two such expository articles that describe current developments in mathematical research, written by professional mathematicians. The Notices also carries articles on the history of mathematics, mathematics education, and professional issues facing mathematicians, as well as reviews of books, plays, movies, and other artistic and cultural works involving mathematics. Members keep abreast of official AMS reports, activities, and actions, and the news of the mathematical world, through articles the Notices.

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