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Re: History of Mathematics
Posted:
Mar 7, 2000 9:22 PM


Hi, Sarah Mayo!
Internet is indeed an useful tool for researches like yours. Congratulations!
 Original Message  From: "Sarah Mayo" <sarah_mayo@yahoo.com> To: <MATHHISTORYLIST@ENTERPRISE.MAA.ORG> Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2000 9:52 AM Subject: History of Mathematics
> I am a 3rd year maths specialist student at University > College Northampton studying a BA in Primary > Education. I am currently conducting research for my > dissertation, which is on the use of history in > teaching mathematics. If you could spare a minute or > two to answer the following questions and send them > back to me, I would be very grateful. > > Delete the answers that are not appropriate for you: > > 1. At what level do you teach Mathematics? > I don't teach maths > > 2. Do you know much about the historical background to > mathematics? > Quite a bit > > 3. How much have you planned to use history in your > teaching of mathematics? > > 4. Do you think it is valuable for teachers to be > taught aspects of the history of mathematics during > their initial teacher training? > Yes > > Please could you explain the reasons for your answer: I think it is indispensable, but often neglected. History of Mathematics is wonderful when shown through the problems stories, from their initial formulation until their recent developments. For example, the story of number PI from the Chinese few decimals until the actual billions of decimals. > > 5. Do you think it is valuable for children to be > taught aspects of the history of maths in their > programme of study? > Yes > > Please could you explain the reason for your answer: I think of history as a formidable motivator for students, mainly when enphasizing the human aspects of mathematical discoveries. > > 6. I would be grateful for any other comments or > sources of information that you might have regarding > this subject. I am developing a web site that includes a part for Mathematics (in http://www.geocities.com/raulnunes/Mathematics ). > > Thank you for your time. You're welcome! > > Sarah Mayo >



