"I'm partial to Paul Graham's suggestion that mathematics is the study of terms with precise meanings. It's vague enough to avoid the disagreement between platonists and aristotelians, captures the essence of mathematics as both a…"
This seems like a straightforward question, yet there is not a consensus among mathematicians. I want my students to begin the year contemplating the nature and meaning of math, and it would be good to have a definition in mind.I'm sure each of you have given some thought to this. How would you define mathematics? See More
"No, I have that Quadrivium book and it's really pretty. The substance is not superb, but I display it at school to light the imaginations of my students. It's worth the price and it's a quick read. Just don't…"
There is a great website for higher math and history that fellow teacher Michael Forth discovered hosted by some professors at New Mexico State University. It's here http://sofia.nmsu.edu/~history/
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"I hope your book works for you. I read this summer The Growth of Biological Thought by Ernst Mayr, and I am going to use that to help teach biology and show how concepts developed through time.
Hello--I'm teaching 5th and 6th grade students, so my curriculum includes math. Math is admittedly not my strongest subject, although I enjoy it and marvel at it.As much as possible, I would like to teach math in its historical context, which I think will help reveal some of the romance and drama that spring from the beauty of math. There aren't a lot of resources designed for elementary students that do this, which I find very startling--why are we taught the history of science, but not…See More