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Mathematical motivators: using the history of mathematics to enrich the curriculum

Mathematical motivators: using the history of mathematics to enrich the curriculum

McCartney, Mark, Bradshaw, Noel-Ann and Mann, Tony (2011) Mathematical motivators: using the history of mathematics to enrich the curriculum. MSOR Connections, 11 (2). pp. 14-16. ISSN 1473-4869

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Abstract

This article provides a summary of the MSOR funded mini project Mathematical Motivators. Mathematics is usually, and of course correctly, presented ‘ready-made’ to students, with techniques and applications presented systematically and in a logical order. However, like any other academic subject, mathematics has a history which is rich in astonishing breakthroughs, false starts, misattributions, confusions and dead-ends. This history gives a narrative and human context which adds colour and context to the discipline.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Definitive version of paper published in McCartney, Mark, Bradshaw, Noel-Ann and Mann, Anthony (2011) Mathematical motivators: using the history of mathematics to enrich the curriculum. MSOR Connections, 11 (2). pp. 14-16. ISSN 1473-4869. [2] MSOR Connections is the quarterly newsletter of the Maths, Stats & OR Network.
Uncontrolled Keywords: mathematical motivators, mathematical methods
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Department of Mathematical Sciences
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:17
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6954

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