The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #2/2013

Argumentation in Mathematics

Bharath Sriraman
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Montana

Kristin Umland
Dept of Mathematics
University of New Mexico


The origins of argumentation in mathematics are traced from Aristotelian logic onto the work of medieval theologians in modal logic, culminating in work in didactics on the pedagogy of argumentation. The characteristics of mathematical argumentation are unpacked.

Keywords: argumentation; history of logic; didactics of argumentation; history of mathematics

AMS Subject Classification: 01, 97

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