ERIC Number: ED472054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
A Human Achievement: Mathematics without Boundaries.
This paper describes three fundamental principles, dictated by Wilhelm von Humboldt, that were widely adapted as the basic philosophy of higher education in the United States, and proposes to revise the unfulfilled dream of von Humboldt to make it come true. This paper stresses the achievements of humanity not only in technology, health, or the natural sciences, but also in humanities in general in order for education to make a significant contribution to the future. Mathematics is regarded as a precious human achievement and being full of true masterpieces. To teach mathematics in the general context of humanities, it is suggested that a course or a series of courses highlighting how concepts of mathematics interplay between the concrete and the abstract and between heuristic arguments and formal proofs. (KHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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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.