The Popularization of Mathematics

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This book presents the papers arising from the ICMI study seminar on the popularization of mathematics held at the University of Leeds, UK, 17–22 September 1989. The event was organized in conjunction with a highly successful touring exhibition known as the 'Pop Maths Roadshow'. Inspired by the discussion document prepared by Howson, Kahane and Pollak, the symposium consisted of three plenary sessions discussing the problems faced in the popularization through particular media. Members were present from a variety of backgrounds and discussion groups were devoted to specific themes, such as the image of mathematicians, TV and films, and mathematics in different cultures.

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Review of the hardback: '… every professional mathematician – in particular, every teacher – should at least browse this book …' Monatshefte für Mathematik
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521408677
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/1990
  • Series: ICMI Studies Series
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword; 1. A study overview G. Howson and J. P. Kahane; 2. Mathematics in different cultures (Report of the working group); 3. Mathematics for the public E. J. Barbeau; 4. Making a mathematical exhibition R. Brown and T. Porter; 5. The role of mathematical competitions in the popularization of mathematics in Czechoslovakia V. Burjan and A. Vrba; 6. Games and mathematics M. De Guzman; 7. Mathematics and the media M. Emmer; 8. Square One TV: a venture in the popularization of mathematics E. Esty and J. Schneider; 9. Frogs and candles - tales from a mathematics workshop G. Hatch and C. Shiu; 10. Mathematics in prime-time television: the story of fun and games C. Hoyles; 11. Cultural alienation and mathematics G. Knight; 12. Solving the problem of popularizing mathematics through problems M. Larsen; 13. Popularizing mathematics at the undergraduate level B. Mortimer and J. Poland; 14. The popularization of mathematics in Hungary T. Nemetz; 15. Sowing mathematical seeds in the local professional community T. Shannon; 16. Mathematical news that's fit to print L. Steen; 17. Christmas lectures and mathematics masterclasses C. Zeeman; 18. Some aspects of the popularization of mathematics in China D. Z. Zhang, H. K. Liu and S. Yu.

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