Perspectives on Science and Math Links & Sources


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Bibliography of the History of Science and Math in Education

Some books on the use of the history of science and math in education

Matthews, Michael R., (ed.) International Handbook of Research in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014.

Allchin, D. Teaching the Nature of Science: Perspectives & Resources. SHiPS Education Press, 2013.

Bruneau, Olivier, Peter Heering, Pere Grapí, Sylvain Laubé, Maria-Rosa Massa-Esteve, and Thomas de Vittori, (eds.) Innovative Methods for Science Education: History of Science, ICT and Inquiry Based Science Teaching. Frank & Timme GmbH, 2012.

Heering, Peter, and Daniel Osewold, (eds.) Constructing Scientific Understanding Through Contextual Teaching. Frank & Timme GmbH, 2007.

Berlinghoff, William P., and Fernando Q. Gouvêa. Math Through the Ages: A Gentle History for Teachers and Others. Expanded ed. The Mathematical Association of America: Oxton House Publishing, 2003.

Bevilacqua, F., E. Giannetto, and M.R. Matthews, (eds.) Science Education and Culture: The Contribution of History and Philosophy of Science. Springer Netherlands, 2001.

Kumar, D. D., and D.E. Chubin. Science, Technology, and Society: A Sourcebook on Research and Practice. Springer Netherlands, 2000.

Hagen, J. B., D. Allchin, and F. Singer. Doing Biology. HarperCollins College Publishers, 1996.

Matthews, Michael R., Science Teaching: The Role of History and Philosophy of Science. Routledge, 1994.

Conant, J. B. Harvard Case Histories in Experimental Science. Harvard University Press, 1957.

Journals that emphasize issues in using the history of science and math in education

Science & Education: “Science & Education publishes research using historical, philosophical, and sociological approaches in order to improve teaching, learning, and curricula in science and mathematics. In addition, the journal disseminates accounts of lessons, units of work, and programs at all levels of science and mathematics that have successfully utilized history and philosophy.

Convergence: Where Mathematics, History, and Teaching Interact: “the MAA’s free online journal about the history of mathematics and its use in teaching. Aimed at teachers of mathematics at both the secondary and collegiate levels, Convergence includes topics from grades 8-16 mathematics, with special emphasis on topics from grades 8-14: algebra, combinatorics, synthetic and analytic geometry, trigonometry, probability and statistics, elementary functions, calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra.”

For the Learning of Mathematics 11, no. 2: Special Issue on History in Mathematics (1991).

…Also try searching “history of science” or “history of math” in the ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) database. 

Online resources about using the history of science and math in education

SHiPS Resource Center for science teachers using Sociology, History and Philosophy of Science:  “We are a network primarily of science teachers. Through this website, we aim to offer resources for teaching “history and nature of science” and “personal and social dimensions of science,” profiled in many national standards and now featured in many state requirements. We believe teaching should reflect the most recent research and standards of quality in the field of Science Studies. Hence, we also aim to link teachers with each other and with professional historians, philosophers and sociologists of science.”

Mathematical Association of America, articles on the history of math:

Note especially:  Teaching and Research with Original Sources from the Euler Archive: (Links to an external site.)

Understanding Science:  “The mission of Understanding Science is to provide a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works. The process of science is exciting, but standard explanations often miss its dynamic nature. Science affects us all everyday, but people often feel cut off from science. Science is an intensely human endeavor, but many portrayals gloss over the passion, curiosity, and even rivalries and pitfalls that characterize all human ventures. Understanding Science gives users an inside look at the general principles, methods, and motivations that underlie all of science.”


Websites with resources on the history of science and math:

This list is in no particular order, and sources vary in type and quality. (More organization coming soon!)
“Reading the History of Western Science: A List of Good Places to Start.”  bibliography, put together by the History of Science Society.

The Lost Museum

Museo Galileo

The Newton Project

Making the Modern World

Darwin Correspondence Project

The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online

The Alfred Russel Wallace Page

Some Biogeographers,Evolutionists, and Ecologists: Chrono-Biographical Sketches

Early Classics in Biogeography, Distribution, and Diversity Studies: To 1950

Biodiversity Heritage Library

Biodiversity Library Exhibitions

Women in Science

History of Science in Latin America and the Caribbean: A digital archive of primary sources, web links, and references for students and professors