The benefits of an historical point of view were explained very convincingly by Miguel de Guzmán, President of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction, in his talk at the 7th International Congress on Mathematics Education1:

``WHAT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS AND OF THE PARTICULAR SUBJECT CAN OFFER US:


Footnotes:

1 Miguel de Guzmán, Origin and Evolution of Mathematical Theories: Implications for Mathematical Education, Newsletter of the International Study Group on the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics,  8, March 1993, 2-3.

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