A Fourth Grade Experience

  • Donald G. Saari
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 258)


“We’ve been trying to tell you you’re wrong!” With this reprimand, a nine-year old girl, hand on hip, expressed the class’ exasperation with the slowwitted mathematics professor who couldn’t understand the obvious. That morning I got a lesson about whether the creative-like behavior of children reflects creativity or an inability to discriminate.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald G. Saari
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsNorthwestern UniversityUSA

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