Specializing

  • John Healey Mason
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Abstract

The process of specializing is fundamental to mathematical thinking, indeed to thinking of any kind. Basically, specializing means looking at special or particular cases of some general statement, but since it is useful to look at cases which involve only familiar and confidently manipulable objects, such as diagrams, numbers and so on, specializing quickly becomes associated with concrete, confidence-inspiring examples.

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© The Open University 1988

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