Original Sources and the Lessons of History
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History and mathematics don’t have a strong relationship in the minds of most of the public. Mathematics, so often presented as a set of rules and facts, doesn’t seem to lend itself to the same sorts of excitement, confusion, and triumph that we associate with the development of modern physics, or the theory of evolution. This is a shame, because the history of mathe- matics is a fascinating field — as full of drama and conflict as the best epic novels or films. More importantly, studying the history of mathematics can tell us a great deal about the nature of mathematics, and can play a crucial role in helping students to learn and understand difficult material.
Klyve, D., & White, D. (2017). Original Sources and the Lessons of History. Consortium, 112, 51-56.