Readings for Calculus (MAA Notes Series #31: Resources for Calculus)
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Readings for Calculus (MAA Notes Series #31: Resources for Calculus)

by Underwood Dudley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0883850877

ISBN-13: 9780883850879

Pub. Date: 01/28/1993

Publisher: Mathematical Association of America

Readings for Calculus presents selections on the history of calculus and of mathematics, on the nature of mathematics and its applications, on the learning of calculus, and on the place of calculus and mathematics in society.

Mathematics texts tend to lead students to a preoccupation with getting right the answer rather than considering the richness of

Overview

Readings for Calculus presents selections on the history of calculus and of mathematics, on the nature of mathematics and its applications, on the learning of calculus, and on the place of calculus and mathematics in society.

Mathematics texts tend to lead students to a preoccupation with getting right the answer rather than considering the richness of the material. This volume can be used as a supplement to the calculus text, showing students that there is more to calculus (and mathematics) than getting answers to problems that agree with the answers in the back of the textbook. Students learn that Newton was a person who lived in a definite time with a life outside of mathematics, that mathematics has much in common with art, and that mathematics is a human creation that has an effect on people.

Students do not have to real all of the selections. Readings gives teachers a source from which they can select one or two items for use during a semester. Some can be used as the base for class discussion (a rare feature of mathematics classes), and others might provide material for student essays (also rare, but also valuable). Some of the selections might by used as enrichment for the student who wants to probe further.

The selections, some published for the first time, have short introductions and added exercises and problems. The exercises and  problems range from technical exercises, which can be assigned to insure careful reading of the selection, to unanswerable questions, which can provoke speculation or argument.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780883850879
Publisher:
Mathematical Association of America
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Series:
MAA Notes Series, #31
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
8.58(w) x 10.84(h) x 0.45(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Resources for Calculus Collection
The Five Volumes
Acknowledgments
Preface
Sources
History
Background for Calculus, by Steven Galovich
Episodes from the Early History of Mathematics, by Asger Aaboe
Anticipations of Calculus in Medieval Indian Mathematics, by Rangan Roy
Slicing It Thin, by Howard Eves
The Heroic Century, by Lars Garding
Fermat (1601-1665), by George F. Simmons
On the Seashore, by Eric Temple Bell
The Creation of Calculus, by Morris kline
Principia Mathematica, by Isaac Newton
The World's First Calculus Textbook
Calculus Notation
The "Witch" of Agnesi, by Lynn M. Osen
Leonhard Euler, by  Jane Muir
Transition to the Twentieth Century, by Howard Eves
Learning Calculus
Are Variables Necessary to Calculus?, by Karl Menger
Misteaks, by Barry Cipra
Mathematical Objectives, by R.M. Winger
Ecclesiastes
The Fabulous Fourteen of Calculus, by Charles A. Jones
Impossibility, by Charles A. Jones and Nathan Root
Infinity: Limits and Integration, by David L. Hull
Fallacies
Calculus in Society
Mastering the Mysteries of Movement, by David Bergamini and the editors of Life
The Education of T.C. Mits, by Lillian R. and Hugh G. Lieber
The Sociology of Mathematics, by Lars Garding
Calculus and Opinions, by David L. Hull
Mathematics as a Social Filter, by Philip J. Davis and Rueben Hersh
Solving Equations is Not Solving Problems, by Jerome Spanier
Applied Mathematics in Engineering, by Brockway McMillian
About Mathematics
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Memorabilia Mathematica, edited by Robert Edouard Moritz
Anecdotes, edited by Clifton Fadiman
The Relation f Mathematics to Physics, by Richard Feynman
Mathematics as a creative Art, by P.R. Halmos
Beauty in Mathematics, by H.E. Huntley
Nine More Problems, by Martin Gardner

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