
02361005
b
2004e.03952
Hoffman, Johan
Johnson, Claes
Logg, Anders
Dreams of calculus. Perspectives on mathematics education.
Springer, Berlin (ISBN 3540219765). 171 p. (2004).
2004
Springer, Berlin
EN
D30
E20
A30
R20
The book presents evidence that mathematics education today is in a process of change of paradigm, caused by the revolutionary new possibilities offered by the computer. The authors complement the physicist Eugene Wigner's famous statement concerning "the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics natural sciences", by presenting evidence of "the reasonable effectiveness of computational mathematics". The book may also serve as an introduction to the Body\&Soul mathematics education reform project reflecting the new paradigm. In a first part, the authors (researchers in computational mathematics) present a brief history leading into applications of computational mathematics today. In a second part, they present key applications of computational mathematics for simulation of the motion of the planets in our solar system by solving Newton's equation, and turbulence by solving the NavierStokes equations. The book is stimulated by the work of the Mathematics Delegation created by the Swedish Minister of Education in 2003 with the task of analyzing the current crisis in mathematics education on all levels.