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The Language of Mathematics

Telling Mathematical Tales

The Language of Mathematics by Bill Barton
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"The Language of Mathematics: Telling Mathematical Tales" emerges from several contemporary concerns in mathematics, language, and mathematics education, but takes a different stance with respect to language. Rather than investigating the way language or culture impacts mathematics and how it is learned, this book begins by examining different languages and how they express mathematical ideas, using this evidence to argue for a particular view of mathematics as a subject. The picture of mathematics that emerges is of a subject that is much more contingent, relative, and subject to human experience than is usually accepted. Barton's thesis takes the idea of mathematics as a human creation, and, using the evidence from language, comes to more radical conclusions than conventional research. Simple English language statements are expressed quite differently in some other languages, not simply represented with different vocabularies or an underlying base of the number system.Variety occurs in the way languages express numbers, the grammar of mathematical discourse.
Springer; December 2007
192 pages; ISBN 9780387728599
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Title: The Language of Mathematics
Author: Bill Barton
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