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ERIC Number: EJ868802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Audience, Style and Criticism
Pimm, David; Sinclair, Nathalie
For the Learning of Mathematics, v29 n2 p23-27 2009
The primary focus for this article involves aspects of professional mathematical writing and examines the possibility of a form of literary criticism in relation to it. By means of examples from contemporary style guides for academic articles in mathematics (AMS, MAA), as well as the writing of mathematicians (Hamilton, Dedekind) from earlier eras, and in addition to attention to the notion of "audience" for the writing, we identify certain aesthetic elements at work. The article ends with a link to poetry and suggests that mathematics situates itself between rhetoric and poetry with its divided attention to communication both with self and with others.
FLM Publishing Association. 382 Education South, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G5, Canada; e-mail: flm2@ualberta.ca; Web site: http://flm.educ.ualberta.ca
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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