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Mathematical Treasure: Lacroix on Teaching Mathematics

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Sylvestre François Lacroix (1765-1843) was a French mathematician and noted teacher and textbook writer. Many of his books were translated into English and adopted in the schools of Great Britain and the United States for the teaching of mathematics. In 1805, Lacroix published Essais sur l’enseignement en général: et sur celui des mathématiques en particulier (Essays on Teaching in General: and the Teaching of Mathematics in Particular). Here are images from the fourth edition of 1838. 

The “Table of Contents” provides a list of topics Lacroix considered on teaching in general.

Here are the topics Lacroix considered on the teaching of mathematics.

To view similar pages from the second edition of this work in 1816, please see the Mathematical Treasure: Sylvestre Lacroix on Teaching.

This material is obtained through the courtesy of the Peabody Library of Johns Hopkins University.

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Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Lacroix on Teaching Mathematics," Convergence (April 2017)