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Enlightening Symbols

Author : Joseph Mazur
ISBN : 9780691173375
Genre : Mathematics
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An entertaining look at the origins of mathematical symbols While all of us regularly use basic math symbols such as those for plus, minus, and equals, few of us know that many of these symbols weren't available before the sixteenth century. What did mathematicians rely on for their work before then? And how did mathematical notations evolve into what we know today? In Enlightening Symbols, popular math writer Joseph Mazur explains the fascinating history behind the development of our mathematical notation system. He shows how symbols were used initially, how one symbol replaced another over time, and how written math was conveyed before and after symbols became widely adopted. Traversing mathematical history and the foundations of numerals in different cultures, Mazur looks at how historians have disagreed over the origins of the numerical system for the past two centuries. He follows the transfigurations of algebra from a rhetorical style to a symbolic one, demonstrating that most algebra before the sixteenth century was written in prose or in verse employing the written names of numerals. Mazur also investigates the subconscious and psychological effects that mathematical symbols have had on mathematical thought, moods, meaning, communication, and comprehension. He considers how these symbols influence us (through similarity, association, identity, resemblance, and repeated imagery), how they lead to new ideas by subconscious associations, how they make connections between experience and the unknown, and how they contribute to the communication of basic mathematics. From words to abbreviations to symbols, this book shows how math evolved to the familiar forms we use today.
Category: Mathematics
Language and Culture in Mathematical Cognition
Language: en
Pages: 364
Authors: Daniel B. Berch, David C. Geary, Kathleen Mann Koepke
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-07-27 - Publisher: Academic Press

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Mathematics in History, Culture, Philosophy, and Science
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Sarju Tiwari
Categories: Mathematics
Type: BOOK - Published: 1992 - Publisher: Mittal Publications

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Enlightening Symbols
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Joseph Mazur
Categories: Mathematics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-12-06 - Publisher: Princeton University Press

An entertaining look at the origins of mathematical symbols While all of us regularly use basic math symbols such as those for plus, minus, and equals, few of us know that many of these symbols weren't available before the sixteenth century. What did mathematicians rely on for their work before
Linguistic and Cultural Influences on Learning Mathematics
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Rodney R. Cocking, Jose P. Mestre
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-03-07 - Publisher: Routledge

The combined impact of linguistic, cultural, educational and cognitive factors on mathematics learning is considered in this unique book. By uniting the diverse research models and perspectives of these fields, the contributors describe how language and cognitive factors can influence mathematical learning, thinking and problem solving. The authors contend that
Popular Culture, Educational Discourse, and Mathematics
Language: en
Pages: 309
Authors: Peter Michael Appelbaum
Categories: Mathematics
Type: BOOK - Published: 1995-01-01 - Publisher: SUNY Press

This ground-breaking book analyzes contemporary education discourse in the light of curriculum politics and popular culture, using sources ranging from academic scholarship to popular magazines, music video, film and television game shows. Mathematics is used as an "extreme case," since it is a discipline so easily accepted as separable from