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Pantas’ Cabinet of Mathematical Wonders: Images and the History of Mathematics

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

Overview

Images of historical instruments for measuring and computing, of people who contributed to mathematics, and of written mathematical works from the past, such as books and notes, can and should be used to enrich mathematics teaching and learning. We offer ideas and resources for engaging students using images, especially those of historical objects, manuscripts, and texts, in teaching mathematics.

This article resulted from a workshop of the same name given by the author at the 7th European Summer University on History and Epistemology in Mathematics Education, 14-18 July, 2014, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark. A version of this article will appear in the proceedings of that conference.

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Pantas’ Cabinet of Mathematical Wonders: Images and the History of Mathematics," Convergence (May 2015)

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