The Origin of Insight in Mathematics

  • Reuben HershEmail author
  • Vera John-Steiner
Part of the Advances in Mathematics Education book series (AME)


This paper has four objectives: (1) to address some psychological sources that motivate creative mathematicians to do sustained research, (2) to use case studies and self-reports to identify cognitive and mathematical strategies, (3) to give inspiring examples of creative breakthroughs in the teaching of mathematics, (4) to report on a startling recent discovery in artificial intelligence, with thought-provoking implications for the management of human intelligence: the pursuit of novelty, unrestricted by any other prescribed goal or objective, radically speeds up evolutionary adaptation.


Creativity Mathematics Clarence Stephens Potsdam model Moore method 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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