Every country that wants to play a role internationally is developing mathematics. In Russia, the emphasis on mathematics and physics was spectacular. Political powers here seemed to provide some special protection for mathematics. <...> It is very important to have a few politicians who understand mathematics, because a lot of the stakes now are based on the development of mathematical sciences. Education is a very important subject, and by understanding scientific education, having been trained as a scientist, you can help the government. There are many subjects which politics should be informed of, and where they should take into account the exact sciences. — Cedric Villani, Professor of Mathematics, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1.
Mathematics has been with us for around 3,000 years, and most advances incorporated it in some way or another. It has been largely responsible for several technological revolutions. It appears as though we are on the cusp of a major technological revolution, which will to a great extent be founded on mathematics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. I would even go as far as to say that this leap forward will not be social as such – it will be more substantive than that. — Stanislav Smirnov, Founder, Talent and Success Foundation.