Choose two discussion questions to respond to in written format (5-7 sentences each).
Can mathematical knowledge be called the most international of all systems of knowledge?
Does Western mathematical theory diverge from Eastern mathematical theory? Explain your answer.
The development of mathematical knowledge is often illustrated by a tree diagram (that is, roots labelled as arithmetic, the trunk labelled as calculus). Mathematical scholars often select the banyan tree as the best tree for such an illustration. Why might this be so?
Why is the vast Asian learning in mathematics so little known in the rest of the world?
Asian students are expected to do well in mathematics. What is the basis of this expectation?
What assumptions are challenged by the brief research the students did?
Is mathematics invented or discovered?
Choose one knowledge issue to respond to in written format (5-7 sentences each).
What is the role of inductive and deductive reasoning in mathematical knowledge?
What is the connection between mathematics and logic?
How do you explain the impact of culture or politics on mathematical knowledge?
What is mathematical truth?
Are the conclusions of mathematics concerned with truth or validity?