Math and Such

Sat, 15 Apr 1995 12:57:00 CDT

It is most interesting that John McCreery's best experience of mathematics is
exactly the prescription that Sheila Tobias is giving for science literacy.
Students who understand the history of issues and ideas are more interested,
excited and motivated, she says, to learn the facts and theoretical constructs.
When I think about my personal history as an academic and why I bothered to read
or study things in mathematics, physics, education, philosophy, and more, it was
because I needed to know it to understand questions that I thought were
interesting; and learning how/why "we" got to this point was an important part
of that understanding.

Anj Petto
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