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Reflections on Chinese Numeration Systems: References and About the Author

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)



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About the Author

For more than five decades, Frank J. Swetz has advocated for the use of history and culture to enliven and deepen the study of mathematics. In particular, he has described how mathematical developments in non-Western societies might be incorporated into the training of secondary school teachers. His books include Was Pythagoras Chinese? An Examination of Right Triangle Theory in Ancient China (The Penn State Press, 1977); From Five Fingers to Infinity: A Journey Through the History of Mathematics (Open Court Publishing, 1994); and Mathematical Expeditions: Exploring Word Problems Across the Ages (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Reflections on Chinese Numeration Systems: References and About the Author," Convergence (February 2022)