Academic journal article et Cetera

Institute Mathematics Conference

Academic journal article et Cetera

Institute Mathematics Conference

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THE NEARLY FIFTY PEOPLE who assembled at the Williams Club of New York City on Saturday, May 7, 1994, to attend an all-day math-and-general semantics conference sponsored by the Institute of General Semantics, were well rewarded for their efforts.

The conference, titled "From Mathophobia to Mathophilia: Some New Viewpoints [on] Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Relation to General Semantics," was the first devoted exclusively to the subject. It attracted men and women interested variously in math, general semantics, education, and business.

Robert P Pula of Baltimore, ETC's lexicon editor, chaired the conference, which began by having Lyn Stallings-Roberts, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at The American University, Washington, DC, describe today's math-instruction scene in her presentation, titled "The Internal Discomfort of Good Teaching." Stuart Mayper, Editor of the General Semantics Bulletin, then tackled the problems of defining math in his talk, "Mathematics: Zero Contents, Infinite Structures." The morning session was completed by Don Cohen, author, teacher, and publisher of math materials in Champaign, IL. …

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