Mathematics Awareness Week is held in late April each year
to increase public understanding of and appreciation for
mathematics. It began in 1986 with a proclamation by President
Ronald Reagan, who said in part:
"Despite the increasing importance of mathematics to the progress of our economy and society, enrollment in mathematics programs has been declining at all levels of the American educational system. Yet the application of mathematics is indispensable in such diverse fields as medicine, computer sciences, space exploration, the skilled trades, business, defense, and government. To help encourage the study and utilization of mathematics, it is appropriate that all Americans be reminded of the importance of this basic branch of science to our daily lives."
This was copied from some page (I don't remember which) of
The Geometry Center.
Which also happens to be a very interesting site to visit.
Copied by Christian Eggermont