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'In these numbers we use no fractions': A Classroom Module on Stevin's Decimal Fractions - About the Author and Bibliography

Kathleen M. Clark (The Florida State University)

About the Author

Kathleen M. Clark is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at The Florida State University. Her research interests include: the impact of the study of history of mathematics on teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching, the ways in which teachers use history in the teaching of mathematics, and the practices and development of mathematics teacher educators. In 2009, she joined Clemency Montelle at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, NZ) as a visiting researcher in the history of mathematics.


O’Connor, J. J., & Robertson, E. F. (2004). Simon Stevin. Retrieved on July 30, 2009 from

Sanford, V. (1929). Stevin: On decimal fractions. In D. E. Smith (Ed.), A source book in mathematics, pp. 20 – 34. NY: McGraw-Hill.

Sarton, G. (1935). The first explanation of decimal fractions and measures (1585). Together with a history of the decimal idea and a facsimile (No. XVII) of Stevin’s Disme. Isis, 23(1), 153 – 244.

Schultz, P. (2000). Lecture 11: Simon Stevin’s introduction of decimals. Retrieved on July 31, 2009 from

Smeur, A. J. E. M. (Ed.) (2008). Simon Stevin, De thiende. Retrieved on August 14, 2009 from

Smith, D. E. (1929). A source book in mathematics. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company; reprinted (1959) New York: Dover Publications.

Struik, D. J. (1958). The Principal Works of Simon Stevin, Mathematics, Vol. II A. Amsterdam: Committee of Dutch scientists. Retrieved on August 31, 2009 from

Wilson, P. S., & Chauvot, J. B. (2000). Who? How? What? A strategy for using history to teach mathematics. Mathematics Teacher, 93(8), 642 – 645.