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Pimm, David; Sinclair, Nathalie – For the Learning of Mathematics, 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…

Descriptors: Audiences, Literary Criticism, Poetry, Mathematics Education

Sinclair, Nathalie – Mathematical Thinking and Learning: An International Journal, 2004

Mathematicians have long claimed that the aesthetic plays a fundamental role in the development and appreciation of mathematical knowledge. To date, however, it has been unclear how the aesthetic might contribute to the teaching and learning of school mathematics. This is due in part to the fact that mathematicians' aesthetic claims have been…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Inquiry, Aesthetics

Sinclair, Nathalie – International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2003

Much has been said on matter of aesthetics and mathematics--perhaps most commonly articulated in relation to properties such as "beauty" and "elegance," which are used to distinguish good from not-so-good mathematical products. Despite its importance in the work of mathematicians, it has been argued that aesthetics cannot be incorporated into…

Descriptors: Epistemology, Aesthetics, Mathematics Instruction, Values

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Sinclair, Nathalie; Watson, Anne – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2001

Describes the book 'Wonder, the Rainbow and the Aesthetics of Rare Experiences' which is not ostensibly connected to mathematics education but which turns out to have deep connections with mathematics, education, and mathematics education. (MM)

Descriptors: Aesthetics, Mathematics, Mathematics Education

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Sinclair, Nathalie – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2001

The aesthetic dimension plays a central role in determining what mathematics proves personally and epistemologically relevant to children. Presents an example of a learning environment that attempts to explore this dimension and describes a small study that examined the responses of middle school students to this environment. (Contains 27…

Descriptors: Aesthetics, Educational Environment, Mathematics Education, Middle Schools