The Mathematical Sciences in the 21st century

In the last day of 2013 it seems appropriate to browse two books published by the National Academies Press - both of them represent reports of an interesting project The Mathematical Sciences in 2025. They can be read online freely (and after a registration a PDF version can be downloaded as well). I find particularly interesting and informative the first report Fueling Innovation and Discovery:The Mathematical Sciences in the 21st Century It aims to "describe recent advances in the mathematical sciences and advances enabled ...

Upwardly mobile in Silicon Savannah

  Africa is one of the few areas of the world whose economy is growing at a healthy pace; some 6% a year. McKinsey, the consultant, reports that African consumer spending has risen from US$860bn in 2008 to almost $1 trillion now. Africa is also the world's fastest growing technology market, with mobile penetration reaching reached 649 million connections. The continent has become a key testbed for new on-the-go services for smartphones and tablet computers. For each of the past five ...

“project inspire – 5 minutes to change the world”

“There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.” Kofi Annan Significant dates that are highlighted on my ical calendar this week are Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and Kartini Day. The latter is a very special one for celebrating the empowerment of Indonesian women. This day celebrates the birth date of Raden Ajeng Kartini, a very influential leader who advocated for changing the social conditions for women, particularly native Indonesian women, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Kartini ...