By Lynn Arthur Steen
What arithmetic will be discovered by means of contemporary youngsters in addition to tomorrow's team? at the Shoulders of Giants is a imaginative and prescient of richness of arithmetic expressed in essays on swap, size, volume, form, and uncertainty, each one of which illustrate basic strands for faculty arithmetic. those essays extend at the concept of arithmetic because the language and technological know-how of styles, permitting us to gain the significance of delivering hands-on event and the advance of a curriculum that may allow scholars to use their wisdom to assorted numerical difficulties.
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On the shoulders of giants : new approaches to numeracy by Lynn Arthur Steen