The Language of Mathematics - Telling Mathematical Tales
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The book emerges from several contemporary concerns in mathematics, language, and mathematics education. However, the book takes a different stance with respect to language by combining discussion of linguistics and mathematics using examples from each to illustrate the other. The picture that emerges is of a subject that is much more contingent, much more relative, much more subject to human experience than is usually accepted. Another way of expressing this, is that the thesis of the book takes the idea of mathematics as a human creation, and, using the evidence from language, comes to more radical conclusions than most writers allow.
Combines discussion of linguistics and mathematics using examples from each to illustrate the other
Conclusions with respect to mathematics education provide alternatives to conventional practice
Contains original material and ideas
Based in experience and describes many examples that come from common experience
Provides new insight into common mathematical experiences like fractions and circles
Everyday mathematical ideas are expressed differently in different languages. This book probes those differences and explores their implications for mathematics education, arguing for alternatives to how we teach and learn mathematics.