XDG standard: Is Math a Science

George jirka at 5z.com
Wed Feb 11 01:20:21 EET 2004

On Wed, Feb 11, 2004 at 09:16:29AM +1100, Malcolm Tredinnick wrote:
> And there are a lot who won't (inside and outside of the US). You have
> come across three of them on this list (George, Shaun, myself).
> For the record, the American Mathematical Society even has a Committee
> On Science Policy, so either they are wilfully trying to give advice
> outside of their area of expertise, or the AMS's position is that math
> is a science.

Or look at http://www.ams.org/careers/ title:
 Mathematical Sciences Career Information
Or http://www.maa.org/pubs/employ.html title:
 Employment Opportunities in the Mathematical Sciences

It is pretty common in the US to use the term 'Mathematical Sciences'.
There's even a 'Mathematical Sciences Research Institute' (msri.org in the
bay area so definately in the US).  Now why would they do that if they didn't
think of mathematics as a science.

Some US universities even have their departments named that way: (e.g.

So AMS, MAA, MSRI, Gauss, etc... all think it's a science.  Who doesn't think
it's a science again?


George <jirka at 5z.com>
   Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
                       -- Pablo Picasso

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