Audun Holme Geometry: Our Cultural Heritage

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Geometry: Our Cultural Heritage

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9783540419495: Geometry: Our Cultural Heritage

Mathematics is more important than ever, but phrases like "math avoidance" and "math anxiety" are very much in the public vocabulary. In addition to providing an invitation to mathematics in general, this book emphasizes the dynamic character of geometry and its role as part of the foundation for our cultural heritage. Aimed at an informed public and future teachers of mathematics, it seeks to heal the ills of math phobia in society.

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The book aims at future teachers of mathematics. All too often the geometry which goes into the syllabus for teacher-students presents the material as pedantic and formalistic, suppressing its dynamic character and its role as part of the foundation for our common cultural heritage. The motivation for the book is to open up these aspects of the field. Another motivation is to provide an invitation to mathematics in general. It is an unfortunate fact that today, at a time when mathematics and knowledge of mathematics are more important than ever, phrases like math avoidance and math anxiety are very much in the public vocabulary. An important task is seriously attempting to heal these ills. Ills perhaps inflicted on students at an early age, through deficient or even harmful teaching practices. Thus the book also aims at an informed public, interested in making a new beginning in math. And in doing so, learning more about this part of our cultural heritage. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 is called A Cultural Heritage. The section constitutes an excursion into the history of geometry. It also contains material which is normally not included into a mathematical text. For example, we relate some of the stories told by the Greek historian, Herodotus. Apart from being good reading, some of the early geometers were very much part of these events.

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"... Im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen Geometriebüchern wird in dem vorliegenden Band kein Aufgebot an speziellen Bezeichnungen verwandt. So kann man eigentlich in jedem Kapitel anfangen zu lesen, bzw. das Buch auch als Nachschlagewerk verwenden. Damit wird es auch dem vom Autor sich selbst gesetzten Ziel gerecht, die Leser nicht durch eine pedantische und formalistische Presentation von der Dynamik und Schönheit der Geometrie abzulenken. Wie Holme in seiner Einleitung schreibt, will er insbesondere unseren künftigen Lehrern und der Mathematik interessierten Gemeinschaft in seinem Buch ein umfangreiches und abgerundetes Bild der Geometrie präsentieren. Gleichzeitig soll die Monographie auch als Grundlage für Vorlesungen über Geometrie dienen. Meiner Ansicht nach ist der Autor seinem Ziel gerecht geworden."

Ch.Birkenhake, Jahresberichte der DMV, JB 106. Band (2004), Heft 3

"... Wer sich einen im historischen Kontext verankerten Überblick über die Geometrie verschaffen möchte, ist mit diesem Buch sehr gut bedient.  ... es kann durchaus als Klassiker gelten."

H.Walser, Elemente der Mathematik 2004, Vol. 59

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