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Gem #7: Dewey’s "Democracy and education"

Yesterday, I mentioned John Dewey in my post about the latest issue of Journal of Curriculum Studies. This gave me an idea, and as a result I figured out that it would have been nice to add a work by … Continue reading

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Gem #6: Napier’s logarithms

John Napier (1550-1617) was a Scottish mathematician. He is most famous for having invented logarithms, and today’s featured book is precisely about that. Napier’s book is entitled “The construction of the wonderful canon of logarithms”, and it is an English … Continue reading

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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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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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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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