A History of Elementary Mathematics; with Hints on Methods of Teaching

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THIS unpretentious but trustworthy book deserves a cordial welcome, and is likely to serve a very useful purpose. There is sound sense in the author's conviction that teachers of elementary mathematics may profit greatly by a knowledge of the history of the subject. They are able to arouse the interest of their pupils, in a way which would otherwise be impossible, by telling them something of the course of mathematical discovery, and of the lives of those who have made the science what it is to-day. Even a schoolboy ought to know that Euclid is the name of a man and not that of a book; and an English lad ought surely to associate Newton with something more than the binomial theorem.

A History of Elementary Mathematics; with Hints on Methods of Teaching.

By Florian Cajori Pp. viii + 304. (New York: The Macmillan Company. London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1896.)

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M., G. A History of Elementary Mathematics; with Hints on Methods of Teaching. Nature 55, 219–221 (1897) doi:10.1038/055219a0

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