, Volume 68, Issue 3, pp 345–358 | Cite as

Visualizations in Mathematics

  • Kajsa BråtingEmail author
  • Johanna Pejlare
Original Article


In this paper we discuss visualizations in mathematics from a historical and didactical perspective. We consider historical debates from the 17th and 19th centuries regarding the role of intuition and visualizations in mathematics. We also consider the problem of what a visualization in mathematical learning can achieve. In an empirical study we investigate what mathematical conclusions university students made on the basis of a visualization. We emphasize that a visualization in mathematics should always be considered in its proper context.


Function Concept Mathematical Concept Equilateral Triangle Mathematical Object Mathematical Definition 
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We would like to thank Anders Öberg for many valuable discussions. The research leading to the present article was financially supported by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation and the Swedish Research Council.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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