What Is Mathematics for?

  • Shlomo Vinner
Part of the Mathematics in Mind book series (MATHMIN)


In this chapter I discuss the rationale of teaching mathematics to the entire school population. The intention is to develop the mind of the student. However, the way it is commonly taught fails to achieve that. The way it is commonly taught prepares the students to pass various exams. Moreover, mathematics serves as a filter for further studies. Thus students who are weak in mathematics are left behind even if they are brilliant in other domains like literature, history, and art.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shlomo Vinner
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  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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