Category Archives: History of Mathematics

Hidden Figures

I have just watched the film Hidden Figures. It tells the story of three African American women mathematicians at NASA—Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson—who were instrumental in “doing the math” that allowed John Glenn to be the first American … Continue reading

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A Short History of Mathematics Teaching and Learning Part 1

As I progress through my 36th year of teaching, I can’t help but reflect on the many changes that have taken place. As a secondary student I did not have a calculator until Year 12. And so I depended on: … Continue reading

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Infinity, History & Math

Presenting Mathematics to students as a seemingly unending set of facts and concepts to be learnt makes no sense. Mathematics has a grand history. The centuries are littered with examples of great discoveries. Why not share some of these with … Continue reading

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