The Mathematical Intelligencer

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 5–6 | Cite as

A quote a day educates

  • Monte J. Zerger


I often ponder on my duties as a teacher of the subject I love. I feel I am responsible for more than simply transmitting knowledge. I wish I could help my students see mathematics from various vantage points. One of these should be from a point high enough to afford a full, sweeping view of the mathematical valley below—maybe missing the details we strive to convey in class-but seeing thelandscape of mathematics. Claude Bragdon said, “Mathematics is the handwriting on the human consciousness of the very Spirit of Life itself.” I want my students to consider that such a bold statement might actually be true.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monte J. Zerger
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  1. 1.Mathematics Dept.Adams State CollegeAJamosa

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