**ERIC Number:**ED465601

**Record Type:**RIE

**Publication Date:**2002

**Pages:**166

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**ISBN:**ISBN-0-8077-4241-4

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The Glass Wall: Why Mathematics Can Seem Difficult.

Smith, Frank

This book explores what makes mathematics possible as well as what makes mathematics difficult. Included is a discussion of the definition of mathematics, mathematics in language, the meaning of numbers, calculating and measuring, notation, numbers in space, and the best ways to learn mathematics. Historical information and practical examples are interwoven throughout the chapters. (Contains 65 references.) (DDR)

Descriptors: Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Structures, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Knowledge Representation, Learning Strategies, Learning Theories, Mathematics, Mathematics History, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Numeracy

Teachers College Press, P.O. Box 20, Williston, VT 05495-0020 (paperback: ISBN-0-8077-4241-4, $19.95; hardback: ISBN-08077-4242-2, $44). Tel: 800-575-6566 (Toll Free); Fax: 802-864-7626; Web site: http://www.teacherscollegepress.com.

**Publication Type:**Books; Reports - Research

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**Language:**English

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