Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Math vs. Mathematician
"A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there." - Charles Darwin
Mathematics-unique power as analytical tool.
Mathematics is a creative discipline. The language of mathematics is international. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognized. Mathematics has developed over time as a means of solving problems and also for its own sake. Mathematics can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when pupils solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections. Pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activities, exploration and discussion, learning to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning.
They tackle problems through a range of methods, using increasingly complex mathematical language and reasoning. As they progress, they learn to appreciate the unique power of mathematics as an analytical tool for solving problems.