The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #2/2012

Crossroads in the History of Mathematics and Mathematics Education

Bharath Sriraman
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Montana


The interaction of the history of mathematics and mathematics education has long been construed as an esoteric area of inquiry. Much of the research done in this realm has been under the auspices of the history and pedagogy of mathematics group. However there is little systematization or consolidation of the existing literature aimed at undergraduate mathematics education, particularly in the teaching and learning of the history of mathematics and other undergraduate topics. In this monograph, the chapters cover topics such as the development of Calculus through the actuarial sciences and map making, logarithms, the people and practices behind real world mathematics, and fruitful ways in which the history of mathematics informs mathematics education. The book is meant to serve as a source of enrichment for undergraduate mathematics majors and for mathematics education courses aimed at teachers.

Keywords: History of Mathematics; Mathematics Education; Undergraduate Mathematics Education; History of Analysis; History of Geometry

AMS Subject Classification: 01, 97

Preprint of TOC in Book to appear in 2012, Information Age Publishing Pdf (485 KB)