id: 06308324
dt: j
an: 2014f.00017
au: Jankvist, Uffe Thomas
ti: A historical teaching module on ‘The unreasonable effectiveness of
mathematics’: Boolean algebra and Shannon circuits.
so: BSHM Bull. 29, No. 2, 120-133 (2014).
py: 2014
pu: Taylor \& Francis, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
la: EN
cc: A30 D34 H44 M54 E24
ut: history of mathematics; Boole; Shannon, Hamming
ci: Zbl 1035.03003
li: doi:10.1080/17498430.2014.874869
ab: In this article, the author presents the results of an experiment with
students at Danish secondary schools; by working through articles by
{\it G. Boole} [The laws of thought. Introduction by John Corcoran.
Reprint of the 1854 original. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books (2003; Zbl
1035.03003)], {\it C. E. Shannon} [“A symbolic analysis of relay and
switching circuits”, Am. Inst. Electron. Eng. 57, No. 2, 713‒723
(1938; \url{doi:10.1109/T-AIEE.1938.5057767})], and {\it R. W. Hamming}
[“The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics”, Am. Math. Mon.
87, No. 2, 81‒90 (1980; \url{doi:10.2307/2321982})] the students
(mainly in their last year, and about 18 or 19 years old) learned that
some parts of mathematics have a philosophical touch. The author
demonstrates that students get something out of studying historical
papers when they have a teacher who knows and cares about the history
of mathematics.
rv: Franz Lemmermeyer (Jagstzell)