ERIC Number: ED472050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Mathematics and Other Disciplines: The Impact of Modern Mathematics in Other Disciplines.
Masanja, Verdiana Grace
The impact of modern mathematics and its application in other disciplines is presented from the 20th century historical perspective. In the 1930s to 1970s, mathematics became more inward looking, and the distinction between pure and applied mathematics became much more pronounced. In the 1970s, there was a return to more classical topics but on a new level and this resulted in a new convergence between mathematics and physics. The 20th century approach to mathematics resulted in a more developed mathematical language, new powerful mathematical tools, and inspired new application areas that have resulted in tremendous discoveries in other applied sciences. Towards the end of the 20th century, mathematicians were making a re-think on the need to bride the division lines within mathematics, to open up more for other disciplines and to foster the line of inter-discipline research. The current cry is that this interaction will be further strengthened in the 21st Century. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics (at the Undergraduate Level) (2nd, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece, July 1-6, 2002); see SE 066 909.