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Protomathematics, metamathematics, and hidden structures of elementary school mathematics. menu

Protomathematics, metamathematics, and hidden structures of elementary school mathematics.

Speaker: 
Sasha Borovik (Manchester)
Date/Time: 
Mon, 13/12/2010 - 16:30
Room: 
M103
Seminar series: 

The subject area of my talk can be classified as psychology of
mathematical abilities, but approached from a mathematician's point of
view. I will discuss some hidden structures of elementary school
mathematics (frequently quite sophisticated and non-elementary) and
conjectural cognitive mechanisms which allow some of so-called
"mathematically able" children to feel the presence of these structures.