Letter: How maths can help arts specialists

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Sir: I agree with everything Sally Jubb says (letter, 26 August), but I was surprised and sorry to see her describing those who combined at A-level maths with arts subjects as 'hybrid students'. I would regard them as having received comprehensive general education up to the age of 18.

When I left secondary school in Hungary in 1926, I was examined in Hungarian (language and literature), Latin, Greek, history, mathematics and physics - and I believe that this system still survives to some extent in central Europe and in Scotland.

Yours faithfully,


Department of Engineering


Oxford University


26 August