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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

What Lawrence Summers should have said

Sex Differences in Mathematical Aptitude:

Mathematics is a man's game. A gender gap appears early in life, blossoms with the onset of puberty and reaches full bloom by mid-adolescence. It indelibly shapes women's prospects for doing significant mathematics. In this account of cognitive sex differences, Prodigy shows how sex-differentiated ability in 15 year-olds accounts for the exiguous female representation at the highest levels of mathematical research. A female Fields Medalist is predicted to surface once every 103 years.
Read the whole thing, it is fascinating. (via Derbyshire at NRO)


Blogger Greg said...

Very interesting. It makes perfect sense, though most people won't understand the concept.

It goes without saying that in the realm that most people deal with, say a mundane engineering job or a college class, the population isn't extreme enough to see much more difference than the "Oh, the women can have their pick of the men" percentages.

7/19/2005 08:07:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

Certainly, and for most of us hard work is more signifigant than aptitude as well.

7/20/2005 07:51:00 AM  

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