Mathematics education in the Balkan societies up to the WWI

Lawrence, S (2014) 'Mathematics education in the Balkan societies up to the WWI.' Teaching Innovations, 27 (3). pp. 46-57. ISSN 0353-2334

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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. This paper is based on the research done for the history of mathematics in the Balkans and will be limited to the development of mathematical education in three Balkan societies: Greek, Ottoman, and Serbian, culminating in the early 20th century. It will try to explain how the three cultures of mathematics education were conceptualized, and how their development was influenced by the 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 mentioned.

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Lawrence also guest-edited this special issue of 'Teaching Innovations' with assistance from Olivera Djokic.

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Keywords: 19th century mathematics education, Balkan mathematics, Greek mathematics, Ottoman mathematics, Serbian mathematics
Divisions: School of Education
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