Quote: Living Mathematics


Only dead mathematics can be taught where competition prevails: living mathematics must always be a communal possession.

— Mary Everest Boole

CREDITS: Today’s quote is from Mary Everest Boole. Background photo courtesy of State Library of Queensland, Australia (no known copyright) via Flickr.

2 thoughts on “Quote: Living Mathematics

  1. Competition prevails when we stress the importance of performance — when we value grades and standardized test scores. In such an environment, the only math most students will learn is a series of step-by-step recipes and rote-memory rules. That is dead mathematics.

    But when we collaborate, play with ideas, and compare different solutions, then we build a community of creative thinkers. Math becomes alive. And as life grows and produces more life, so living math grows in understanding and begets new concepts.

    For a good introduction to living classroom math, see Annie Fetter’s talk on YouTube. https://youtu.be/a-Fth6sOaRA

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.