Inventing The Mathematician Gender Race And Our Cultural Understanding Of Mathematics

Where and how can we, as a civilization, get our ideas about math and about who could participate in understanding? Sara N. Hottinger utilizes a cultural studies approach to address our ideas about math form our individual and cultural connection to the area. She believes four places in that representation of math lead to our cultural understanding of mathematics: mathematics textbooks, the foundation of math, portraits of mathematicians, and also the area of ethnomathematics. Hottinger examines how these discourses shape mathematical subjectivity by limiting how many groups–including women and people of color–are ready to view themselves as professionals of mathematics. Inventing the Mathematician provides a blueprint on how best to take part in a deconstructive project, revealing the limited and problematic nature of the normative structure of mathematical subjectivity.

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