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Strengthening the Linkages Between the Sciences and the Mathematical Sciences


Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-10: 0-309-06947-5


Mathematics and the sciences have grown up together, repeatedly interacting. Discoveries in science open up new advances in statistics, computer science, operations research, and pure and applied mathematics. These, in turn, enable new practical technologies and advance entirely new frontiers of science. Frequently, however, cooperation and collaboration between mathematical scientists and scientists have come as a result of chance encounters. Often a scientific or technological problem exists for years before a mathematical scientist discovers it and recognizes it as interesting and mathematically tractable. Similarly, scientists have frequently expended energy “inventing” mathematical solutions that existed for decades but were not familiar to them from their training.

To encourage new linkages between the mathematical sciences and other fields and to sustain old linkages, the National Research Council (NRC) constituted a committee representing a broad cross-section of scientists from academia, federal government laboratories, and industry. Its task was to “examine the mechanisms for strengthening interdisciplinary research between the sciences and mathematical sciences, with the principal efforts being to suggest what are likely to be the most effective mechanisms for collaboration. . . . ”

The committee believes that the benefits to be derived from cross-disciplinary activities linking the mathematical sciences with science and engineering are indeed huge and far reaching.


The material in this report is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency under Grant No. DMS-9703610 and by DHHS Contract No. N01-OD-4-2139 between the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

Copyright © 2000, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK44923PMID: 20669495DOI: 10.17226/9813


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