Mathematical Motivators: Using the history of mathematics to enrich the curriculum

Volume/Issue

Vol 11, Issue 2

Date

Friday, 1 July, 2011

Journal Name

MSOR Connections

Author(s)

Mark McCartney
Noel-Ann Bradshaw
Tony Mann

Abstract

This article provides a summary of the MSOR funded mini project Mathematical Motivators.

Mathematics is usually, and of course correctly, presented ‘ready-made’ to students, with techniques and applications presented systematically and in a logical order. However, like any other academic subject, mathematics has a history which is rich in astonishing breakthroughs, false starts, misattributions, confusions and dead-ends. This history gives a narrative and human context which adds colour and context to the discipline.

DOI

doi:10.11120/msor.2011.11020014

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STEM Maths, Stats and OR Mathematics

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