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Mike Askew
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Mathematics: All That Matters

Mike Askew


Teach Yourself

Mathematics & Sciences;
Educational: Mathematics & numeracy


160 pages

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Mathematics often gets a bad press. Describing someone as 'calculating' or 'rational' is hardly as flattering as being labelled 'artistic' or 'creative' and mathematicians in movies or novels are often portrayed as social misfits who rarely get the guy or girl. No wonder some folks say 'oh I don't care for mathematics, I was never any good at it' with a wistful sense of pride.

Yet professional mathematicians talk of the subject differently. They look for elegant solutions to problems, revel in playing around with mathematical ideas and talk of the creative nature of mathematics. As the Russian mathematician Sophia Kovalevskaya said It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul.

So why is there such a gap between the views of everyday folks and professional mathematicians? Part of the problem lies in how most of us were taught mathematics in school. The mathematics served up there is presented as a series of de-contextualised, abstract ideas, wrested from the human struggles and interactions that gave birth to the ideas. Through looking at some of the history of mathematics, psychological studies into how we come to know mathematics and key ideas in mathematics itself, the intent of this book is, if not to make the reader fall in love with mathematics, then at least to come to understand its nature a little better, and perhaps care a little more for it. In short, this book explores the human side of maths.

By:   Mike Askew
Imprint:   Teach Yourself
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 178mm,  Width: 133mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   224g
ISBN:   9781473601734
ISBN 10:   1473601738
Series:   All That Matters
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   April 2015
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary & secondary/elementary & high school ,  Primary ,  Educational: Primary & Secondary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mike Askew is Professor of Primary Education at Monash University, Melbourne and prior to that he was Professor of Mathematics Education at King's College, London University. He has written extensively for both academic and professional readers and his books include Transforming Primary Mathematics (Routledge) and, with Rob Eastaway, the best selling Maths for Mums and Dads (Square Peg/Random House) and most recently More Maths for Mums and Dads (the teenage years) (Square Peg/Random House)

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