# Book Review: The long story of the history in mathematics education. Kathleen M. Clark, Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen, Sebastian Schorcht, & Constantinos Tzanakis (Eds.) (2018). *Mathematics, education and history. Towards a harmonious partnership*

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*ICME-13 Monographs*, xii + 387 pp. Hardcover: ISBN: 978-3-319-73923-6. 109,99 €. eBook: ISBN: 978-3-319-73924-3. 91,62 €Article

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## Prolog. The reason for the title

The story of the relation between history of mathematics and mathematics education is a long one. In the past, authors were known to refer to history when designing their approach to a mathematical topic. For one, I recall Alexis Claude Clairaut who, in the preface to his manual on geometry, wrote:

Elsewhere, he mentioned “the dryness naturally belonging to the study of Geometry” (p. vii). These passages bring to light two themes: the role of history in inspiring teaching sequences and the change of views about mathematics promoted by history. Both of these themes are recurring in the discussion on the role of the history in...… I have resolved to go back to that which may have given birth to Geometry, and I have endeavoured to develop its principles by a method such as may naturally be supposed to be that of its first inventors, taking care, however, to avoid the false attempts which they necessarily had to make. (Clairaut, 1830/1881, p. viii)

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