History of mathematics in mathematics education: A Saussurean perspective

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Abstract

The article discusses the use of a Saussurean approach to semiotics to provide insight into the problem of history of mathematics and mathematics education. It suggests viewing the history of mathematics as an account of a single expansive non-temporal system whose ideas are linked by immutable relations. It states that studying the history of mathematics, in the sense of studying past synchronies, can humanize mathematics. It notes that teaching mathematics demands presenting both its diachronic and synchronic aspects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-198
Number of pages14
JournalThe Mathematics Enthusiast
Volume5
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008

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