Mathematics in Society and History

Sociological Inquiries


Author: S. Restivo

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402000393

Category: Education

Page: 202

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This is the first book by a sociologist devoted exclusively to a general sociology of mathematics. The author provides examples of different ways of thinking about mathematics sociologically. The survey of mathematical traditions covers ancient China, the Arabic-Islamic world, India, and Europe. Following the leads of classical social theorists such as Emile Durkheim, Restivo develops the idea that mathematical concepts and ideas are collective representations, and that it is mathematical communities that create mathematics, not individual mathematicians. The implications of the sociology of mathematics, and especially of pure mathematics, for a sociology of mind are also explored. In general, the author's objective is to explore, conjecture, suggest, and stimulate in order to introduce the sociological perspective on mathematics, and to broaden and deepen the still narrow, shallow path that today carries the sociology of mathematics. This book will interest specialists in the philosophy, history, and sociology of mathematics, persons interested in mathematics education, students of science and society, and people interested in current developments in the social and cultural analysis of science and mathematics.

Mathematics in Life, Society, and the World


Author: Harold R. Parks

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780130116901

Category: Mathematics

Page: 814

View: 911

This contemporary approach to liberal arts math breaks away from traditional instruction and moves towards a more “modern” course that stresses rich ideas, little review, and more visualization. This readerfriendly book offers an accessible writing style and mathematical integrity. Its unique three-part organization (Life, Society, the World) presents readers with sound, relevant mathematics, leaving them with the (correct) impression that math is useful and affects their lives in many positive ways. Mathematical Structures and Methods. Descriptive Statistics. Collecting and Interpreting Data. Inferential Statistics. Probability. Consumer Mathematics. Management Mathematics. Critical Thinking, Logical Reasoning, and Problem Solving. Geometry. Growth and Scaling. For anyone who needs to learn or review basic math concepts and practical applications.

New Mathematics Education Research and Practice


Author: Jürgen Maass,Wolfgang Schlöglmann

Publisher: Sense Publishers

ISBN: 9077874747

Category: Education

Page: 315

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Mathematics education research has blossomed into many different areas, which we can see in the programmes of the ICME conferences, as well as in the various survey articles in the Handbooks. However, all of these lines of research are trying to grapple with the complexity of the same process of learning mathematics. Although our knowledge of the process is through fragmentation of research more extensive and deeper there is a need to overcome this fragmentation and to see learning as one process with different aspects. To overcome this fragmentation, this book identifies six themes: (1) mathematics, culture and society, (2) the structure of mathematics and its influence on the learning process, (3) mathematics learning as a cognitive process, (4) mathematics learning as a social process, (5) affective conditions of the mathematics learning process, (6) new technologies and mathematics learning. This book is addressed to all researchers in mathematic education. It gives an orientation and overview on what is going on and what are the main results and questions what are important books or papers if further information is needed.

Kolmogorov in Perspective


Author: American Mathematical Society

Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.

ISBN: 0821829181

Category: Mathematics

Page: 230

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The editorial board for the History of Mathematics series has selected for this volume a series of translations from two Russian publications, Kolmogorov in Remembrance and Mathematics and its Historical Development. This book, Kolmogorov in Perspective, includes articles written by Kolmogorov's students and colleagues and his personal accounts of shared experiences and lifelong mathematical friendships. The articles combine to give an excellent personal and scientific biography of this important mathematician. There is also an extensive bibliography with the complete list of Kolmogorov's works--including the articles written for encyclopedias and newspapers. The book is illustrated with photographs and includes quotations from Kolmogorov's letters and conversations, uniquely reflecting his mathematical tastes and opinions.

Developing Mathematics in Third World Countries

Proceedings of the international conference held in Khartoum, March 6-9, 1978


Author: N.A

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780080871448

Category: Mathematics

Page: 206

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Developing Mathematics in Third World Countries

Société Mathématique Suisse


Author: Bruno Colbois,Christine Riedtmann,Viktor Schroeder

Publisher: European Mathematical Society

ISBN: 9783037190890

Category: Mathematics

Page: 517

View: 5750

Evocation de l'initiative de Georges de Rham de se réunir dès 1958 dans les locaux de l'EPUL, à l'avenue de Cour en fin de volume mais également par la contribution de Srishti Chatterji and Manuel Ojanguren, A glimpse of the de Rham era (p. 195-240).

Proceedings of the Tunisian Mathematical Society


Author: K. Trimeche,S. Zarati

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN: 9781600210143

Category: Mathematics

Page: 161

View: 3665

These proceedings consist of ten carefully refereed and selected papers which were presented at the 12th symposium of Tunisian Mathematical Society held on March 18-23, 2004 in Mahdia (Tunisia). This symposium was one of the largest international meeting on Mathematics in Tunisia. A total of 200 participants from several countries attended to the meeting. In addition to the plenary, invited and contributed talks, there was a panel discussion on future research directions and problems in various areas of mathematics.

A Mathematical View of Our World


Author: Harold Parks,Gary Musser,Lynn Trimpe,Vikki Maurer,Roger Maurer

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495010618

Category: Mathematics

Page: 1000

View: 1289

A MATHEMATICAL VIEW OF OUR WORLD helps students understand and harness the power of mathematics in their present studies and future careers. Designed for a liberal arts mathematics course that has a strong focus on applications, this student-friendly textbook helps students see the beauty and power of mathematics as it is applied to the world around them. Recognizing that quantitative literacy is essential in an increasing number of professional fields as well as in the daily decision-making and communication of informed citizens, the book develops students’ mathematical self-confidence and prepares them to use mathematics in the future. In writing the book, the authors endeavored to be faithful to the recommendations of such professional mathematics associations as the MAA, AMATYC, and NCTM. Overall, students will recognize the connections, patterns, and significance of the mathematics they study, and see that mathematics has a meaningful place in their lives. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Science and Mathematics in Ancient Greek Culture


Author: Christopher Tuplin

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198152484

Category: History

Page: 379

View: 2153

Ancient Greece was the birthplace of science, which developed in the Hellenized culture of ancient Rome. This book, written by seventeen international experts, examines the role and achievement of science and mathematics in Greek antiquity through discussion of the linguistic, literary, political, religious, sociological, and technological factors which influenced scientific thought and practice. It locates science within ancient Greek society and culture, investigates its impact upon that society, and identifies it as a cultural phenomenon deserving no less attention than literary or artistic creativity.

Math Worlds

Philosophical and Social Studies of Mathematics and Mathematics Education


Author: Sal P. Restivo

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791413296

Category: Mathematics

Page: 292

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An international group of distinguished scholars brings a variety of resources to bear on the major issues in the study and teaching of mathematics, and on the problem of understanding mathematics as a cultural and social phenomenon. All are guided by the notion that our understanding of mathematical knowledge must be grounded in and reflect the realities of mathematical practice. Chapters on the philosophy of mathematics illustrate the growing influence of a pragmatic view in a field traditionally dominated by platonic perspectives. In a section on mathematics, politics, and pedagogy, the emphasis is on politics and values in mathematics education. Issues addressed include gender and mathematics, applied mathematics and social concerns, and the reflective and dialogical nature of mathematical knowledge. The concluding section deals with the history and sociology of mathematics, and with mathematics and social change. Contributors include Philip J. Davis, Helga Jungwirth, Nel Noddings, Yehuda Rav, Michael D. Resnik, Ole Skovsmose, and Thomas Tymoczko.

Rethinking Mathematics

Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers


Author: Eric Gutstein

Publisher: Rethinking Schools

ISBN: 0942961544

Category: Education

Page: 179

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A collection of more than thirty articles shows teachers how to weave social justice principles throughout the math curriculum, and how to integrate social justice math into other curricular areas as well.

New Perspectives in Mathematical Biology


Author: Society for Mathematical Biology. Conference

Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.

ISBN: 0821848453

Category: Mathematics

Page: 134

View: 9482

In the 21st century, the interdisciplinary field of mathematical biology and medicine has firmly taken center stage as one of the major themes of modern applied mathematics, with strong links to the empirical biomedical sciences. New Perspectives in Mathematical Biology provides an overview of the distinct variety and diversity of current research in the field. In every chapter of this book, which covers themes ranging from cancer modeling to infectious diseases to orthopaedics and musculoskeletal tissue mechanics, there is clear evidence of the strong connections and interactions of mathematics with the biological and biomedical sciences that have spawned new models and novel insights. This book is loosely based on the plenary lectures delivered by some of the leading authorities on these subjects at the Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB) Conference that was held in Toronto in 2008 and will be of interest to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers currently engaged in this field, bringing the reader to the forefront of current research.

Social Workers Count

Numbers and Social Issues


Author: Michael Anthony Lewis

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190467134

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 5608

Social work students are often required to take courses in the domain of quantitative literacy, but struggle with the relative inattention to policy and social issues of special significance to professional social workers. These courses, as well as the books written for them, may also present mathematical demands many social workers are unprepared to meet. However, issues such as poverty measurement, adjustment of the purchasing power of social welfare benefits, demographic strains on the Social Security program, and probability theory as a means of estimating the likelihood of child abuse or neglect represent only a few of the many quantitative problems related to the concerns of professional social workers. Written in an accessible style, Social Workers Count provides social workers and those in neighboring disciplines with the background necessary to engage the quantitative aspects of policy and social issues relevant to social work.

Math Everywhere

Deterministic and Stochastic Modelling in Biomedicine, Economics and Industry


Author: G. Aletti,Martin Burger,Alessandra Micheletti,Daniela Morale

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540444467

Category: Mathematics

Page: 330

View: 8035

These proceedings report on the conference "Math Everywhere", celebrating the 60th birthday of the mathematician Vincenzo Capasso. The conference promoted ideas Capasso has pursued and shared the open atmosphere he is known for. Topic sections include: Deterministic and Stochastic Systems. Mathematical Problems in Biology, Medicine and Ecology. Mathematical Problems in Industry and Economics. The broad spectrum of contributions to this volume demonstrates the truth of its title: Math is Everywhere, indeed.

Oxford Users' Guide to Mathematics


Author: Eberhard Zeidler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198507635

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 1284

View: 1837

The Oxford Users' Guide to Mathematics is one of the leading handbooks on mathematics available. It presents a comprehensive modern picture of mathematics and emphasises the relations between the different branches of mathematics, and the applications of mathematics in engineering and the natural sciences. The Oxford User's Guide covers a broad spectrum of mathematics starting with the basic material and progressing on to more advanced topics that have come to the fore in the last few decades. The book is organised into mathematical sub-disciplines including analysis, algebra, geometry, foundations of mathematics, calculus of variations and optimisation, theory of probability and mathematical statistics, numerical mathematics and scientific computing, and history of mathematics. The book is supplemented by numerous tables on infinite series, special functions, integrals, integral transformations, mathematical statistics, and fundamental constants in physics. It also includes a comprehensive bibliography of key contemporary literature as well as an extensive glossary and index. The wealth of material, reaching across all levels and numerous sub-disciplines, makes The Oxford User's Guide to Mathematics an invaluable reference source for students of engineering, mathematics, computer science, and the natural sciences, as well as teachers, practitioners, and researchers in industry and academia.

An Introduction to Mathematical Modeling in Physiology, Cell Biology, and Immunology

American Mathematical Society, Short Course, January 8-9, 2001, New Orleans, Louisiana


Author: James Sneyd

Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.

ISBN: 0821828169

Category: Medical

Page: 177

View: 1338

In many respects, biology is the new frontier for applied mathematicians. This book demonstrates the important role mathematics plays in the study of some biological problems. It introduces mathematicians to the biological sciences and provides enough mathematics for bioscientists to appreciate the utility of the modelling approach. This book presents a number of diverse topics, such as neurophysiology, cell biology, immunology, and human genetics. It examines how research is done, what mathematics is used, what the outstanding questions are, and how to enter the field. Also given is a brief historical survey of each topic, putting current research into perspective. The book is suitable for mathematicians and biologists interested in mathematical methods in biology.


The Study of Numbers, Quantity, and Space


Author: Britannica Educational Publishing

Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing

ISBN: 1622755316

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 1113

This insightful guide to the history and basic concepts of mathematics reveals how math concepts helped to shape society--from the basic counting and units of measurement that facilitated commerce to the kind of surveying techniques and geometry that helped build the Egyptian pyramids. A chronological account of advancements in mathematics ranges Aristotle and al-Khwarizmi (who first used the term "algebra") to high-speed computers and their impact upon the teaching and understanding of mathematics. Readers will also find out how much of ancient arithmetic--like the 60 minute hour--is still part of our everyday life.

Modeling the Dynamics of Life: Calculus and Probability for Life Scientists


Author: Frederick R. Adler

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 128522597X

Category: Mathematics

Page: 960

View: 4520

Designed to help life sciences students understand the role mathematics has played in breakthroughs in epidemiology, genetics, statistics, physiology, and other biological areas, MODELING THE DYNAMCICS OF LIFE: CALCULUS AND PROBABILTY FOR LIFE SCIENTISTS, Third Edition, provides students with a thorough grounding in mathematics, the language, and 'the technology of thought' with which these developments are created and controlled. The text teaches the skills of describing a system, translating appropriate aspects into equations, and interpreting the results in terms of the original problem. The text helps unify biology by identifying dynamical principles that underlie a great diversity of biological processes. Standard topics from calculus courses are covered, with particular emphasis on those areas connected with modeling such as discrete-time dynamical systems, differential equations, and probability and statistics. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

User-Centered Interaction Paradigms for Universal Access in the Information Society

8th ERCIM Workshop on User Interfaces for All, Vienna, Austria, June 28-29, 2004. Revised Selected Papers


Author: Christian Stary

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 354023375X

Category: Computers

Page: 488

View: 8152

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 8th ERCIM Workshop on User Interfaces for All focusing on User-Centered Interaction Paradigms for Universal Access in the Information Society, held in Vienna, Austria in June 2004. The 42 revised full papers presented were carefully evaluated and selected during two rounds of reviewing and improvement. The papers are organized in topical sections on implementing user diversity; adaptation and personalization; accessibility and usability of interactive applications and e-services; universal access and design for all - guidelines, standards, and practices; and novel interaction techniques, devices and metaphors.