# Stephen Wolfram Q&A

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# Education

(19)March 1, 1993

From: Interview by Paul Wellin, *Mathematica in Education*

## The early computer algebra systems—Macsyma, SMP, etc.—were they used purely as research tools or was there some notion that they might be used in the classroom also?

March 1, 1993

From: Interview by Paul Wellin, *Mathematica in Education*

## What do you think of the state of math and science education in the US right now?

March 1, 1993

From: Interview by Paul Wellin, *Mathematica in Education*

## Why have computer science and mathematics departments diverged so strongly in the recent past?

March 1, 1993

From: Interview by Paul Wellin, *Mathematica in Education*

## From an educational point of view, would you put the Mathematica language on a par with Fortran or Pascal?

March 3, 1993

From: Interview by Paul Wellin, *Mathematica in Education*

## You went to Oxford for college, but never finished there—so what led from there to Caltech?

June 1, 1996

From: Interview by *Chicago Software Newspaper*

## You’ve spent a lot of time in business and working in pure science areas. Do you prefer one environment to the other or have any observations on the two worlds?

June 1, 1996

From: Interview by Stephen Collart, *Euromath Bulletin*

## The use of symbolic computational tools in teaching is a controversial topic where transatlantic differences are particularly evident; what is your view on the matter?

March 5, 2012

From: Reddit AMA

## Was there anything you wish your parents had done differently to make your early education smoother as a child? What about social skills?

May 14, 2012

From: Reddit AMA

## Many students struggle with basic calculus. What is your advice to students who rely on programs like your Wolfram|Alpha engine to get themselves through math courses? Do you think it’s ethical for students to rely on such programs to pass their courses?

May 14, 2012

From: Reddit AMA

## What do you recommend for current students who are interested in STEM careers, and want to make a difference?

May 14, 2012

From: Reddit AMA

## How do you see integration of computational thinking into general math education working? Is it something that every student should be exposed to? How deep does the integration go?

May 14, 2012

From: Reddit AMA

## Do you think intelligence has “normalized”? Basically, with more people alive than ever before and college education available to a large percentage of the world’s population, do you think we are seeing fewer break-out intellects because the playing field is more level? For instance, no more Maxwells, Newtons, Einsteins, etc. Or is it just that we are unable to see the current visionaries while still living in the same generation as their bodies of work?

February 23, 2016

From: Reddit AMA

## What ages are appropriate to learn Wolfram Language? Do you see Wolfram Language in third world countries like an Open Source platform in the future?

February 23, 2016

From: Reddit AMA

## What is the one thing any student must try in college?

July 20, 2016

From: Reddit AMA

## How do you propose we expand STEM education in our public schools? Do you think your software can help?

October 7, 2016

From: Dingyu Chen, *Eton Magazine*

## Should students be set exams that allow them to use such [advanced] computers?

March 4, 2019

From: Reddit AMA

## Why is math so awesome and how can we make it more accessible and easier to teach?

December 6, 2019

From: Interview by Jeff D’Alessio, *The News-Gazette* (unpublished)

## What’s the most beneficial college class you’ve taken?

December 18, 2019

From: Interview by Guy Kawasaki, *Remarkable People Podcast*