In recent years it has become abundantly clear that mathematics can do "things" in society; indeed, many more things than in the past. Deep mathematical work now underpins some of the most important aspects of the way society functions. And, as mathematically-trained people, we are constantly promoting the positive impact of mathematics. But if such work is capable of good, then is it not also capable of harm? So how do we begin to identify such potential harm, let alone address it and try and avoid, or at least reduce, it? In this session we will discuss how mathematics is a powerful double-edged sword, and why it must be wielded responsibly.
- Maths in Society Seminar