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Why STEM Majors Need the Humanities

The Chronicle of Higher Education – Neal Koblitz

“When I was a freshman, half a century ago, I asked one of my professors — an eminent mathematician named Lars Ahlfors — for advice on my academic program. As a budding mathematician, I knew about a lot of math courses I should take and some physics courses as well. I asked what other courses in math and science I should include in my program. Ahlfors replied, “Don’t take more courses in those subjects. Once you get to graduate school, you’ll be studying nothing but mathematics. Now is your chance to become well-educated. Study literature, history, and foreign languages.” I sometimes repeat this story to my students and hope that the message is not drowned out by what they might be hearing from parents, friends, and the media.”(more)

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