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Mathematics Education Library

The Language of Mathematics

Telling Mathematical Tales

Authors: Barton, Bill

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  • Combines discussion of linguistics and mathematics using examples from each to illustrate the other
  • Includes conclusions with respect to mathematics education that provide alternatives to conventional practice
  • Contains original material and ideas
  • Based in experience, the book describes many examples that come from common experience
  • Provides new insight into common mathematical experiences like fractions and circles
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The Language of Mathematics: Telling Mathematical Tales emerges from several contemporary concerns in mathematics, language, and mathematics education, but takes a different stance with respect to language. Rather than investigating the way language or culture impacts mathematics and how it is learned, this book begins by examining different languages and how they express mathematical ideas. The picture of mathematics that emerges is of a subject that is much more contingent, relative, and subject to human experience than is usually accepted. Barton’s thesis takes the idea of mathematics as a human creation, and, using the evidence from language, comes to more radical conclusions than usual.

Everyday mathematical ideas are expressed quite differently in different languages. Variety occurs in the way languages express numbers, describe position, categorise patterns, as well as in the grammar of mathematical discourse. The first part of The Language of Mathematics: Telling Mathematical Tales explores these differences and thus illustrates the possibility of different mathematical worlds. This section both provides evidence of language difference with respect to mathematic talk and also demonstrates the congruence between mathematics as we know it and the English language. Other languages are not so congruent.

Part II discusses what this means for mathematics and argues for alternative answers to conventional questions about mathematics: where it comes from, how it develops, what it does and what it means. The notion that mathematics is the same for everyone, that it is an expression of universal human thought, is challenged. In addition, the relationship between language and mathematical thought is used to argue that the mathematical creativity embedded in minority languages should continue to be explored

The final section explores implications for mathematics education, discussing the consequences for the ways in which we learn and teach mathematics. The Language of Mathematics: Telling Mathematical Tales will appeal to those interested in exploring the nature of mathematics, mathematics educators, researchers and graduate students of mathematics education.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook 67,40 €
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Hardcover 114,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-72858-2
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Softcover 83,19 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Language of Mathematics
Book Subtitle
Telling Mathematical Tales
Authors
Series Title
Mathematics Education Library
Series Volume
44
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-72859-9
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-72859-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-72858-2
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-92937-8
Series ISSN
0924-4921
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 186
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations
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