Education: The New Mathematics

At least 35 of the students who gathered for the special class at Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Ore. last week had reason to feel a little ill at ease. They were all local high-school teachers, and there they were with 45 of the brightest boys and girls in town, taking a course as if they were still in their teens. "Let us not let our blood pressure go up." said Instructor William Matson soothingly. "Let us not let our hearts beat too fast." Then he began his lecture on the complexities of modern mathematics.

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