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How Humans Learn to Think Mathematically: Exploring the Three Worlds of Mathematics
     

How Humans Learn to Think Mathematically: Exploring the Three Worlds of Mathematics

by David Tall
 

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How Humans Learn to Think Mathematically describes the development of mathematical thinking from the young child to the sophisticated adult. Professor David Tall reveals the reasons why mathematical concepts that make sense in one context may become problematic in another. For example, a child's experience of whole number arithmetic successively affects subsequent

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How Humans Learn to Think Mathematically describes the development of mathematical thinking from the young child to the sophisticated adult. Professor David Tall reveals the reasons why mathematical concepts that make sense in one context may become problematic in another. For example, a child's experience of whole number arithmetic successively affects subsequent understanding of fractions, negative numbers, algebra, and the introduction of definitions and proof. Tall's explanations for these developments are accessible to a general audience while encouraging specialists to relate their areas of expertise to the full range of mathematical thinking. The book offers a comprehensive framework for understanding mathematical growth, from practical beginnings through theoretical developments, to the continuing evolution of mathematical thinking at the highest level.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107035706
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/02/2013
Series:
Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

David Tall is Emeritus Professor of Mathematical Thinking at the University of Warwick. He is internationally known for his research into long-term mathematical development at all levels, from preschool to the frontiers of research, including in-depth studies explaining mathematical success and failure.

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