Rewriting the History of School Mathematics in North America 1607-1861: The Central Role of Cyphering Books

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 18, 2012 - Education - 226 pages
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The focus of this book is the fundamental influence of the cyphering tradition on mathematics education in North American colleges, schools, and apprenticeship training classes between 1607 and 1861. It is the first book on the history of North American mathematics education to be written from that perspective. The principal data source is a set of 207 handwritten cyphering books that have never previously been subjected to careful historical analysis.
 

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Contents

1 The Historical Challenge
1
2 Development of a Tradition
7
3 Translating the CypheringBook Tradition to North America
37
4 Formulating the Research Questions
79
5 The Principal Data Set
86
The Demise of the Cyphering Approach
119
7 Conclusions and Some Final Comments
138
Author Biographies
153
Summary of the Cyphering Books in the Principal Data Set
155
Cyphering Books Held by the Huguenot Historical Society
186
Conversion Tables for US Systems of Measurement Around 1800
192
References
195
Author Index
213
Subject Index
219
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