Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Why STEM Majors Need the Humanities

“One of the most important things I tell my class is basically what Professor Ahlfors told me 50 years ago. I tell them that they’ll be much better off in the long run if they take this opportunity to study literature, history, and foreign languages. It will lead to a richer, more fulfilling life of the mind.

In addition, it will lead to a more successful career. Because if you really want to have impact in the STEM fields, you have to learn how to tell a story.

Neal Koblitz is a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington.”


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