
06308324
j
2014f.00017
Jankvist, Uffe Thomas
A historical teaching module on `The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics': Boolean algebra and Shannon circuits.
BSHM Bull. 29, No. 2, 120133 (2014).
2014
Taylor \& Francis, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
EN
A30
D34
H44
M54
E24
history of mathematics
Boole
Shannon, Hamming
Zbl 1035.03003
doi:10.1080/17498430.2014.874869
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, 713723 (1938; \url{doi:10.1109/TAIEE.1938.5057767})], and {\it R. W. Hamming} [``The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics'', Am. Math. Mon. 87, No. 2, 8190 (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.
Franz Lemmermeyer (Jagstzell)