By Steven G. Krantz

This ebook is set the idea that of mathematical adulthood. Mathematical adulthood is important to a arithmetic schooling. The aim of a arithmetic schooling is to remodel the scholar from an individual who treats mathematical rules empirically and intuitively to somebody who treats mathematical rules analytically and will keep an eye on and control them effectively.

Put extra at once, a mathematically mature individual is person who can learn, research, and overview proofs. And, most importantly, he/she is one that can create proofs. For this is often what glossy arithmetic is all approximately: bobbing up with new rules and validating them with proofs.

The ebook presents history, facts, and research for knowing the concept that of mathematical adulthood. It turns the belief of mathematical adulthood from a subject matter for coffee-room dialog to a subject matter for research and critical consideration.

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A problem which is ostensibly just an arithmetic problem—and say, “What is really going on here? Is there some general principle in play? Perhaps one could derive a formula. What could that formula be, and how might we discover it? ” You will not find this type of reasoning in the schoolyard. This is the epitome of mathematical reasoning at its best (at a very elementary level, of course). It is what a budding mathematician strives for. When we get to the level of theorems and proofs in mathematics, then we are piling one piece of abstract reasoning on top of another.

0 Chapter Overview God is in the details. What sorts of problems can be used to ferret out mathematical maturity? What aspects of the mathematics curriculum are essential to mathematical maturity? What activities in the math department are dedicated to the development of mathematical maturity and which are not? How can computers play a role in developing mathematical maturity? Are real analysis and abstract algebra and topology and geometry the beall and end-all of mathematical maturity? Are there other aspects of the mathematical pie that can play a productive role here?