*“The Cambridge University Ethics in Mathematics Society aims to discuss
and promote awareness of ethical issues faced by mathematicians and
mathematics graduates in their working life.”*

# About Us

Our constitution

The Cambridge University Ethics in Mathematics Society exists to bring lectures and discussion
to mathematics students at Cambridge University on issues around ethical
questions and problems that working mathematicians may face as part of their
professional lives. Cambridge mathematics graduates leave with a uniquely
strong background in mathematics, which makes them highly employable in a range
of industries as working mathematicians. But – as we have come to realise –
mathematicians in the workplace, doing mathematics, may well have to deal with
difficult and particular ethical decisions that derive from the practices of
their mathematical work (quite apart from the ethical issues that all people
may come to face in whatever walks of life).

We are not at all a discussion forum for philosophy.

We are also extremely aware that the ethical issues that working
mathematicians may face will often come embedded in politics, or have
subsequent political consequences. We have worked very hard to keep these two
separate, feeling that the ethical issues mathematicians need to recognise and
the tools needed to confront the unique ethical questions that arise from the
real world practice of mathematics are separate from the political
considerations that such ethical issues may engender. How one deals with such
political considerations is left as an exercise for the reader because that
goes well beyond the a-political remit that the Society has set for itself.
This division is obviously artificial, but it allows ethical discussions to
remain safe and independent of different larger political feelings many of the
members will have.