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The New Math: A Political History
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Publication date November 23, 2016
Pages 224
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780226421490
ISBN-10 022642149X
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Original list price $17.00
Other format details university press
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An era of sweeping cultural change in America, the postwar years saw the rise of beatniks and hippies, the birth of feminism, and the release of the first video game. It was also the era of new math. Introduced to US schools in the late 1950s and 1960s, the new math was a curricular answer to Cold War fears of American intellectual inadequacy. In the age of Sputnik and increasingly sophisticated technological systems and machines, math class came to be viewed as a crucial component of the education of intelligent, virtuous citizens who would be able to compete on a global scale.

In this history, Christopher J. Phillips examines the rise and fall of the new math as a marker of the period’s political and social ferment. Neither the new math curriculum designers nor its diverse legions of supporters concentrated on whether the new math would improve students’ calculation ability. Rather, they felt the new math would train children to think in the right way, instilling in students a set of mental habits that might better prepare them to be citizens of modern society―a world of complex challenges, rapid technological change, and unforeseeable futures. While Phillips grounds his argument in shifting perceptions of intellectual discipline and the underlying nature of mathematical knowledge, he also touches on long-standing debates over the place and relevance of mathematics in liberal education. And in so doing, he explores the essence of what it means to be an intelligent American―by the numbers.


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9780226184968 | details & prices | 233 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $45.00
About: An era of sweeping cultural change in America, the postwar years saw the rise of beatniks and hippies, the birth of feminism, and the release of the first video game.
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Reprint edition from Univ of Chicago Pr (November 23, 2016)
9780226421490 | details & prices | 224 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | List price $17.00
About: An era of sweeping cultural change in America, the postwar years saw the rise of beatniks and hippies, the birth of feminism, and the release of the first video game.

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