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ERIC Number: EJ920463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
What Is Mathematics and Why Won't It Go Away?
Colley, Susan Jane
PRIMUS, v21 n3 p211-224 2011
In this article, the author reports on a seminar for first-year college students that weaves mathematical proof and problem-solving together with discussions of cultural, philosophical, and aesthetic issues surrounding mathematics. The author's goal is for students to learn some mathematics, and--just as important--to think about the nature of mathematics, its significance as a vibrant intellectual discipline, and the culture of its practitioners, and also to confront a variety of "affect issues." The author wants to expose students to some of the ideas and issues that she found compelling when she was a student and that helped draw her into mathematics. Whether students pursue the study of mathematics or not, she wants them to choose to do so with an accurate appreciation of the subject. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio