> > I enjoyed reading the pedagogy that was found in Coulburn's > book. For those interested, such books are in the archives of > the American University and the Library of Congress. > > I have an old mentor. Her name is Mary Everest Boole. > I have written a biography of her which MAA will be publishing > in a history volume edited by Ron Calinger. It should be in > print soon. > > Anyway here are Mary's words on devising ones own formulaes > (algorithms): > > > Never let yourself get fixed ideas that numbers will not come > right unless your sum is set or shaped in a > particular way. Have a way in which > you usually do a particular kind of sum, but do not let it haunt you... > > The applier of Mathematics...should be able, when occasion > requires, to...invent > a new formula for himself. He cannot begin to learn how to do > this, straight away..; > he should have had from the first, the habit of seeing > through formulae and > notations; of watching them coming into being, of helping to > construct them . > > It should be understood from the first that no such thing > exists as a right method of performing any operation in elementary mathematics; > because all rightness, > and I may add all mathematicalness, depends essentially on > getting each operation > performed by two methods; the first, a roundabout one, which > represents and registers, the conscious action > of the mind during the process ofdiscovery; the second > a short method which condenses the roundabout one, assists > in stowing its results away in the memory, and facilitates the using of them > sub-consciously. > > --- > I'll include next time some other advice of hers. Mary was > born in l832 and died in l916. She was a brilliant woman. Her > husband was George Boole the logician and her uncle was George > Everest after whom Mt. Everest is named. > > I hope you will consider reading about her. In my humble > opinion, she was one of the best pedagogist during the l9th > century. > -- > > Cheers! > > Karen Dee > > Math History Lives! > > Karen Dee Michalowicz VQUEST Math Lead Teacher/Trainer > Upper School Mathematics Chair Virginia Quality Education > The Langley School in Sciences and Technology > 1411 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA > 22012 USA > 703-356-1920(w) E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org > Fax: (703) 790-9712 --or-- KarenDM@aol.com > > >
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Karen Dee Michalowicz VQUEST Math Lead Teacher/Trainer Upper School Mathematics Chair Virginia Quality Education The Langley School in Sciences and Technology 1411 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22012 USA 703-356-1920(w) E-Mail: email@example.com Fax: (703) 790-9712 --or-- KarenDM@aol.com