Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 81, Issue 2, pp 279–285 | Cite as

Book Review: A review of the book by SungWon Hwang and Wolff-Michael Roth (2011) Scientific & mathematical bodies: the interface of culture and mind

Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 191 pages. New Directions in Mathematics and Science Education, Volume 22. Hardback: ISBN 978-94-6091-566-6, list price USD99/EUR90. Paperback: ISBN 978-94-6091-565-9, list price USD49/EUR45.
  • Jean-François Maheux
  • Jérôme Proulx
  • Elaine Simmt

When the three of us considered reviewing Scientific and mathematical bodies: the interface of culture and mind, written by SungWon Hwang and Wolff-Michael Roth, we thought it would be interesting to discuss our impressions and write the text as a three-way conversation. As we did this, however, we found ourselves rewriting one another’s lines, so much that it made little sense to attribute any of them to any one of us specifically. The review remains, however, the work of three readers in conversation, although by no means a representation of what I think or what you think, but mainly what we think as a collective.

For us, to review (to re-view, to see again) this book also means that we give a second look at the book’s propositions, highlighting what comes about following its announced assumptions of embodiment:

When we talk about knowing, developing, and learning then we presuppose body, mind and culture. There is no learning or development without the living bodies, which are...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-François Maheux
    • 1
  • Jérôme Proulx
    • 1
  • Elaine Simmt
    • 2
  1. 1.Université du Québec à MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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