Advanced Mathematical Thinking

Advanced Mathematical Thinking

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This book is the first major study of advanced mathematical thinking as performed by mathematicians and taught to students in senior high school and university. Topics covered include the psychology of advanced mathematical thinking, the processes involved, mathematical creativity, proof, the role of definitions, symbols, and reflective abstraction. It is highly appropriate for the college professor in mathematics or the general mathematics educator.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 292 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 19.05mm | 1,370g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1991 ed.
  • XVIII, 292 p.
  • 0792314565
  • 9780792314561

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. 1. The Psychology of Advanced Mathematical Thinking; D. Tall. I: The Nature of Advanced Mathematical Thinking. 2. Advanced Mathematical Thinking Processes; T. Dreyfus. 3. Mathematical Creativity; G. Ervynck. 4. Mathematical Proof; G. Hanna. II: Cognitive Theory of Advanced Mathematical Thinking. 5. The Role of Definitions in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics; S. Vinner. 6. The Role of Conceptual Entities and their Symbols in Building Advanced Mathematical Concepts; G. Harel, J. Kaput. 7. Reflective Abstraction in Advanced Mathematical Thinking; E. Dubinsky. III: Research into the Teaching and Learning of Advanced Mathematical Thinking. 8. Research in Teaching and Learning Mathematics at an Advanced Level; A. Robert, R. Schwarzenberger. 9. Functions and Associated Learning Difficulties; T. Eisenberg. 10. Limits; B. Cornu. 11. Analysis; M. Artigue. 12. The Role of Students' Intuitions of Infinity in Teaching the Cantorial Theory; D. Tirosh. 13. Research on Mathematical Proof; D. Alibert, M. Thomas. 14. Advanced Mathematical Thinking and the Computer; E. Dubinsky, D. Tall. Appendix to 14. ISETL: A Computer Language for Advanced Mathematical Thinking. Epilogue. 15. Reflections; D. Tall. Bibliography. Index.
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This book can help mathematics educators place their research within a broader perspective of the development of mathematical reasoning, and it can help mathematicians see the deep connections between mathematics education research and their own teaching.
(Patrick W. Thompson in Journal for Research in Mathematics Education)
It promises to be the standard reference work for many years to come, and a source of both information and inspiration ... The book is a most welcome distillation and resource for further development in our collective sense of what constitutes advanced mathematical thinking, and how we can make it accessible to more people.
(John Mason in Zentralblatt fur Didaktik der Mathematik)
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