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The New Math: A Political History
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 inc ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 4th 2014 by University of Chicago Press
(first published November 7th 2014)
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Best book about math I've ever read. As a person who missed the New Math era, I've frequently wondered what all the hubbub was about (especially as a math teacher). This book is a great introduction and analysis of the phenomenon generally known as New Math. As the subtitle says, the author explains the political background of the movement, not only in terms of government, but also in terms of educational philosophy. It was great learning of the origins and history of mathematical organizations ...more
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