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Mathematical Treasure: De Morgan’s Study and Difficulties of Mathematics

Author(s): 
Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Augustus De Morgan (1806-1871) was recognized for his ability as a teacher of mathematics. His On the Study and Difficulties of Mathematics, originally published in 1831, was intended for young students just beginning their serious study of mathematics. Valued for its intention and advice, it has become an historic document in the history of mathematics education. This edition, the third republishing, was released by Carus Publications in 1914.

Title page of On the Study and Difficulties of Mathematics by Augustus De Morgan

A portrait of De Morgan greets the reader as the frontispiece for this book. David Eugene Smith, noted mathematics historian of this period, supplied the picture.

Portrait of Augustus De Morgan from On the Study and Difficulties of Mathematics

The “Editor’s Note” clarifies the importance of the publication.

Page 1 of the Editor's Note in On the Study and Difficulties of Mathematics by Augustus De Morgan

Page 2 of the Editor's Note in On the Study and Difficulties of Mathematics by Augustus De Morgan

Here, De Morgan provided his rational for writing the treatise.

Page 1 of the Author's Preface in On the Study and Difficulties of Mathematics by Augustus De Morgan

Page 2 of the Author's Preface in On the Study and Difficulties of Mathematics by Augustus De Morgan

The images above were obtained through the courtesy of the University of California Libraries. The volume may be viewed in its entirety in the Internet Archive.

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: De Morgan’s Study and Difficulties of Mathematics," Convergence (July 2017)

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