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Topic: "Mathematics Is a Quest for Truth"
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GS Chandy

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Re: "Mathematics Is a Quest for Truth"
Posted: Aug 1, 2014 5:16 PM
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Dom Rosa posted Jul 31, 2014 11:40 PM (http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2642261):
> Harry Tamvakis' interesting Opinion piece is on Page
> 703 of the August 2014 AMS Notices:
> http://www.ams.org/notices/201407/rnoti-p703.pdf

A most interesting piece indeed. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

Professor Tamvakis has rightly suggested that "the question of HOW to teach mathematics in primary
and secondary education" [EMPHASIS mine] is both complicated and of crucial importance (and that it is far from being *effectively* resolved).

His conclusion is especially worth remembering:
>> "Mathematics has been called the music of reason, and
>> we do our children a grave disservice if we reduce it >> to a cacophony of disconnected formulas. Indeed, we
>> risk losing what is perhaps the most precious
>> inheritance of all."


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