Numbers on the Front Page: Mathematics in the News

  • Dimitris ChassapisEmail author
  • Eleni Giannakopoulou
Part of the Advances in Mathematics Education book series (AME)


This chapter explores the relationship between mathematics, politics and public media. It focuses on the headlines of leading Greek newspapers and analyzes the numerical discourse which appeared on the front pages between late October 2009, when the fiscal crisis of the country was first announced by the government, and June 2012, when, after a general election, the implementation of several policies seems to have been finally stabilized. The chapter discusses how by the choice of a particular numerical genre the reader is co-constructed and finally influenced in his/her interpretation of the numerical text.


Numerical rhetoric Mathematical discourse Political arithmetic Quantification Numeracy Press headlines Governance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Educational SciencesUniversity of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Educational Studies UnitHellenic Open UniversityAthensGreece

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