Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 92, Issue 2, pp 279–285 | Cite as

Book Review: The power of a great introduction. Karp, Alexander, Schubring, Gert (Eds.) (2014). Handbook on the history of mathematics education

New York, Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London: Springer. 634 pages. Hardback: ISBN 978-1-4614-9154-5. List price £224.50. E-book: 978-1-4614-9155-2. List price £179.50
  • Snezana LawrenceEmail author

The Handbook on the history of mathematics education edited by Alexander Karp and Gert Schubring is a milestone in the historiography of mathematics education. The editors, and indeed the contributors to this volume, are well known to international communities of mathematics educators, the historians of mathematics and the historians of mathematics education, as experts in the field of tracing different traditions of teaching and learning mathematics, globally, and in all periods from antiquity to modern times. Karp’s and Schubring’s International Journal for the History of Mathematics Education,1 which has been published since 2006, has already given us a large number of high quality research papers dealing with issues and examples from the history of mathematics education, and has set the standard in this field.

The editors gave themselves a challenging task with the undertaking to plot the history of mathematics education from antiquity to modern times. In itself the magnitude of...


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  2. Robson, E., & Stedall, J. (Eds.). (2008). The Oxford handbook of the history of mathematics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bath Spa UniversityBathUK

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