Date: 6/28/2021 at 8:00 AM
Join Adult Numeracy Network President, Eric Appleton, as he highlights areas for teacher learning and curriculum development. It is often assumed that all mathematics comes from Europe and the ancient Greeks. Studying the history of mathematics can help teachers and students learn about the contributions of many cultures to our current mathematical understandings. Our number system comes from India. Algebra was developed most notably in Islamic learning centers. Mayan mathematicians independently developed 0 and a base-60 number system. Chinese mathematicians proved the Pythagorean Theorem long before Pythagoras. What can math teachers do to develop knowledge of the history of mathematics in non-Western cultures and share this history with their students?