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History of Mathematics in the Higher Education Curriculum

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McCartney, M (2012) History of Mathematics in the Higher Education Curriculum. Maths, Stats and OR Network and HESTEM project. Maths, Stats and OR Network and HESTEM project. 35 pp. [Research report (external)]

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Abstract

Mathematics is usually, and of course correctly, presented ‘ready-made’ to students, with techniques and applications presented systematically and in 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.Setting historical context can motivate and enthuse learning, but it also enriches the curriculum, shows connections between different branches of the subject, and helps to produce students with a greater sense of the breadth and, what might be termed, the creative life of mathematics as a discipline. This report seeks to give examples of how history has been integrated into undergraduate mathematics teaching in higher education through case studies.

Item Type:Research report (external)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Smart Environments
ID Code:22942
Deposited By:Dr Mark McCartney
Deposited On:10 Aug 2012 11:30
Last Modified:10 Aug 2012 11:30

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