Lawrence, S (2012) The changing fortunes: the development of mathematics education in the Balkan societies in the 19th century. In: 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education, 8-15 July 2012, COEX, Seoul, Korea.

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Whilst the world is indebted to the Greeks for their development of geometry and to Islamic mathematicians for their development of algebra, the history of violence and wars of the Balkan peninsula meant that neither heritages of these two great mathematical cultures survived into the 19th century. The talk will be based on the research done for the history of mathematics in the Balkans and will trace development of mathematical education in three Balkan societies: Greece, Ottoman Empire, and Serbia, during the 19th century. It will try to explain how the three educational systems were conceptualized at the beginning of the 19th century, and how their development was influenced by modern mathematical cultures of Western Europe. The systems of schools and universities, the first professors of mathematics at the universities in the three countries, mathematical syllabi, and some of the first textbooks in mathematics will be examined. 19th century mathematics education, Balkan mathematics, Greek, Ottoman and Serbian mathematics education and mathematical cultures.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Institute for Education
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