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On the Shoulders of Giants: New Approaches to Numeracy

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Edited by Steen Lynn Arthur. . 221 pages. National Academy Press; , Washington, DC: , 1990.. $17.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(11):902. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-113-11-902_1
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Most aspects of human experience involve perceptions of shape, form, movement, and number. Increasingly, those persons who have not been educated to analyze experience in these terms will be intellectually incompetent. This fact is already clear to physicians who lack the equipment to assess quantitatively uncertainties and probabilities in diagnostic and therapeutic thinking. If American educational systems are to prepare our students adequately for tomorrow's world, education in mathematical concepts and operations will have to be radically improved; yesterday's arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry will not be enough. This text surveys the various mathematical ways of seeing and understanding the


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