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Gem #5: Russel’s Principles of Mathematics

The gem that I have decided to share with you today, is Bertrand Russel‘s book from 1903: “The Principles of Mathematics”. You can download the pdf, or you can read it below. You can also check out this site, for … Continue reading

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Tools of American Mathematics Teaching, 1800-2000

The last issue of TCRecord includes a review of a book that I wasn’t aware of before, but that certainly looks interesting: “Tools of American Mathematics Teaching, 1800-2000“, by Peggy Aldrich Kidwell, Amy Ackerberg-Hastings, and David Lindsay Roberts. The book … Continue reading

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Gem #4: Hardy’s Apology

This gem from the history of mathematics is more recent. It was published in 1940 by British mathematician G.H. Hardy. The book/essay was written when Hardy (then 62) felt that he no longer had the ability to contribute to the … Continue reading

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Mathematics in Early Childhood (book)

A new and interesting book has been published (or is about to be published) by the National Academies Press: “Mathematics in Early Childhood: Learning Paths Toward Excellence and Equity“. The book has 560 pages, and it costs $51.26 when ordered … Continue reading

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Gem #3: Newton’s Principia

Isaac Newton is arguably one of the greatest scientists (and mathematicians) of all times, and his Principia is one of the great works from the history of mathematics. Together with Leibniz, Newton is normally acknowledged as the founder of differential … Continue reading

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Gem #2: Hilbert’s "The Foundations of Geometry"

David Hilbert (1862-1943) was one of the most important mathematicians of last century. He worked most of his life in Göttingen, which had a very important mathematics center at the time. Here, Hilbert was surrounded by excellent mathematicians like Felix … Continue reading

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Gem #1: Euclid’s Elements

When I was a student, I was lucky enough to study in a school which had a very good library of books related to mathematics and mathematics education. Nowadays, you can study many of the great classical texts online. In … Continue reading

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Mathematics in everyday life – a PhD thesis lives on!

Normally, a PhD thesis is seldom read by many people, and years of work often end up in a drawer. My own thesis was published in a very limited number, and most of these disappeared during the day of my … Continue reading

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Reading tips: Branford (1908)

Many great books have been written, and an increasing number are becoming part of the public domain. One of them, which I would like to point your attention to, is a classical book written by Benchara Branford in 1908! The … Continue reading

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A brief history of mathematics (book)

For those of you who haven’t already discover it, here is a tip for Christmas: Scribd! You can find lots of interesting books and papers here, and some are true gems. Here is one of them: A brief history of … Continue reading

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