Ain't Goin'a Study Math No More
I will let Steve, an Asian, Caltech grad and Harvard Ph.D., and the courts argue out the case of the students, but I got distracted by another post of his on performance by ethnicity of various groups on some elite academic measures (Math Olympiad, Putnam Exam, Physics Olympiad, etc.) over time. Almost as striking as the rise of Asians over the past 70 years is a parallel decline in that of Jewish students. American physics and math was dominated by Jewish scientists in the middle of the Twentieth Century (Think Feynman, Schwinger, Gell-Mann, Witten and so many more.) Have Jews just lost interest in math? Is the vast Jewish population of the Ivy League now dedicating its time to the study of finance, sitcom writing and other useless but profitable activities?