Conrad Wolfram is a British technologist and businessman known for his work in information technology and its application. He founded Wolfram Research Europe Ltd, one of the world's leading software companies.
He has been a prominent proponent of the reform of maths education through greater use of information technology. He is the founder of computerbasedmath.org, a project aiming to build a new maths curriculum with computer-based computation at its heart, alongside a campaign to refocus math education away from hand-calculating techniques and toward relevant and conceptually interesting topics.
In 2009 he spoke about education reform at the TEDx Conference at the EU Parliament and again at TED Global 2010 where he argued that 'maths should be more practical and more conceptual, but less mechanical', and that 'calculating is the machinery of math - a means to an end'.
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